Posted by: Debra LaValley | March 25, 2012

March 25, 2012

Mothra (aka Giant Cecropia)

I was reminiscing the other day about miller moths. As far back as I can remember, my mother has disliked (read afraid of) millers (those pesky moths that tend to get into the house and are often seen on the inside of lights). I like moths and would capture any that happened into the house and release them outside. Often, my mother would comment that “Glen Miller and his orchestra” were in the light. Cue Moonlight Serenade. This was the signal for my dad to take off the glass light covers and dispose of the millers.

Yesterday, I gazed up into the large kitchen light at my parents’ house – hoping to see remnants of millers so I could take a photo for this blog – but alas – there were only a couple silverfish corpses in the fixture. Now – they are some freaky bugs. Why they are called silverfish – I don’t understand since they bear no resemblance to fish and do not live in water. The silver part, I get. They are very strange indeed and seem to be sculpted out of silver dust. According to Wikipedia they are also known as fishmoths or carpet sharks (I like this one and see a horror movie in the making. Was that a dorsal fin that I just saw in my living room rug?). It seems they get the “fish” part of their name due to their fish-like movements. I can’t say that I have ever thought they moved like fish. The article stated that they like carbs! I can relate to that – I have never met a carb that I didn’t like. In fact, right now, I am craving something chocolate! Is that a knock on my door? “Candy-Gram!” (Land Shark) . . . I digress (one of Saturday Night Live’s best skits back in the day when SNL was REALLY funny).

Silverfish/Wikipedia

I can’t really think of much else to say – hope you all have a great day!

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