Animals You Might Not Have Heard of #2: Rosy Maple Moths!

Olivia Hornsby, Editor

I think most people know that moths exist (or at least I’d hope so), but you might not know that moths can be very interesting, from cute wooly bear moths to scary genghis moths. In fact, this particular moth you’re going to learn about today almost doesn’t look like a moth! I’d like to introduce you to the Rosy Maple Moth:

These moths almost look photoshopped, but they aren’t! They are one of the most colorful moth species, and they most likely look like this in real life.

Where can you find them?

Rosy Maple moths live in most of eastern North America, and their habitat goes north into Quebec, Canada, as far west as Texas, and south into mid-Florida. (Virginia.edu)

 

Are they dangerous?

They aren’t dangerous as moths (however since they are fuzzy, their hairs can get stuck and irritate your skin), but as caterpillars, they sting and those stings can be poisonous.

                                       (kidadl.com and heathline.com)

 

Random Facts

  • Rosy Maple moths are the smallest silk moths

  • They only live for about 2-9 months (2-5 in captivity)
  • Their breeding season is in the summer; around July
  • Scientists don’t know exactly how much they weigh, but most silk moths weigh around 0.16 ounces, or 5 grams
  • They are named after the type of tree they live in as larvae: a maple tree
  • Maple moths have a significant place in native North American culture, and they are painted and carved on many things
  •  Adult Rosy Maple moths don’t eat
  • Rosy Maple moth larvae are called Green Striped Mapleworms
  • In spiritual terms, moths symbolize the power of regeneration and rebirth
  • Female Rosy Maple moths lay around 150 to 200 eggs

Sources

Virginia.edu

Kidadl.com

Healthline.com

 

Thank you for reading! This is the second part of this beat, so make sure to check out the first one on Leaf Sheep! Link