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Today's Musings, History & Folklore
The Moth Ball
Moth-er Day celebrates the butterfly's nocturnal and crepuscular (and even sometimes diurnal) brethren.
This dance was devised by Ian Dickson of the Herrington Scottish Country Dance group to mark a time when a moth joined the set and flittered between the dancers!
Light navigators, moths are particularly susceptible to confusion by man-made light. Moths mostly fly by night, using the light from the moon for navigation. The basic principle behind the moth's orientation is to fly in a straight line - it attempts to keep a constant angle with respect to the rays from the brightest object in its eyes.
Problems occurs at night when other light sources shine brighter than the moon, such as a sodium vapour lamp or candles. It was once believed that moths were attracted to a candle's flame, but in reality, their navigation strategy is fooled by the artificial light.
And for a better explanation of why moths are attracted to flames, lights, and the occasional Scottish Country Dance, click the vintage French trading card with an Apollo Moth Fairy.