The Moth Ball

Moth-er Day

Mar 14

Other Scottish Country Dances for this Day

the Fingal's Cave Overture by Felix Mendelssohn
Fingal's Cave
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The Marmalade Maker
Moth-er Day
The Moth Ball
Pi Day
Remaking the Circle
Mothering Sunday (UK)
The Highlandman Kissed His Mother
Marmalade Awards
Marmalade Sandwich
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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.

The Moth Ball
The Moth Ball

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The majority of dance descriptions referenced on this site have been taken from the


Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary or the

Scottish Country Dancing Database 


Snapshots of dance descriptions are provided as an overview only.  As updates may have occurred, please click the dance description to be forwarded to a printable dance description or one of the official reference sources.

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