Tarantula Mimic Moth

Tarantula Mimic Moth

Common Name: Tarantula Mimic Moth

Order Name: Lepidoptera

Family Name: Noctuidae

While many moths have a reputation for being hairy beasts, this one takes the prize. This group has adapted to mimic the four forward facing legs of a fearsome tarantula. There are far more moths than butterflies with varied forms and coloration that rivals their butterfly relatives. Moths have often been associated with insanity for their habit of flying into flames at night. This unfortunate event is related to the moth confusing the light of a stationary flame to that of the moon which it uses in navigation during the night.