You see a small moth in your home and you instantly wonder, what this animal means for you? Is it going to bring you good or bad luck and what is the symbolical nature of this peculiar animal? The moth is a nocturnal insect that goes active during the night and therefore many cultures saw it as a symbol of something bad and evil.
In today’s text we are going to see what the symbolism of moth is and how this interesting insect was seen in many cultures and myths. Based on that, we will give you an answer to the above question. So, let us get started with introducing you to the moth itself.
What is a moth?
There are over 3,000 species of moths in the family of “true moths” worldwide (Tineidae in Latin) and around 300 of them in Europe. The most famous representative is the clothes moth (Tineola bisselliella). Incidentally, the food moth belongs to the genus of the Tinedae and is therefore not a “real moth”. Nobody knows where the name “Moth” comes from.
The name of the butterfly species can be traced back to the Germanic muþþon. This can also be demonstrated in the Old English mođđe (German: “Made”) as well as in the Old Norse motti. The further origin is unknown.
The Russian scientist Aleksei Konstantinovich Zagulajev (1924-2007) spent a considerable part of his life researching the “real moths”. His works “Tineidae part 1-6” are milestones of moth research. Lavender is probably the best known moth repellent. However, some moths already seem to be well hardened. Other remedies include lemon oil, cedar and thyme, as well as unusual herbs such as the European black horse or the holy herb.
Bergamot is a citrus fruit that grows almost exclusively in Italy and contains special essential oils. But she has nothing to do with moths.
A moth is also a predominantly built in wood construction Burg type. The main feature is an artificial mound with a mostly tower-shaped building. The castle type is also called tower hill castle. This is proven by the Art Mothra discovered in Japan. This species of moth is particularly aggressive and is known to fight Godzilla. The largest moths in the world known to the type of moths such as Attacus or Atlas. These huge mothers can also be seen in northeastern India as they sometimes know that they “sit quietly” near the road.
With its incredible 25cm or more than 30 centimeters wingspan, they look terrifying and spectacular. Famous photographer of animal species, Sandesh Kadur found this giant insect giant (from the image of the upper) with a 30 cm wingspan when he stayed in the eastern part of the Himalayas. When, described the moth as an extremely large insect, he admitted it seemed as if he wanted to attack because he opened his wings and took a defensive position.
Leaving aside his fear when he managed to photograph this giant moth. Of course, anyone who comes across this insect in Asia must know and should not be afraid because this moth is a completely harmless insect, despite its gigantic size.
Atlas moths are named after the Greek god Titan and because of the complicated, patterns on their wings that resemble the map. These moths do not have a fully formed mouth and live for at least two weeks.
Atlas moths can also be found in tropical and subtropical forests in Southeast Asia and part of the Malay Archipelago. Experts say that the wings on their wings serve to exude some predators and color on their wings use similar colors as some toxic wildlife like sharks and frogs.
His appearance is so striking that he is sometimes referred to as “a moth with a head of a snake” because his head is similar to the head of a reptile.
Moth – Symbolism
Moths are overall, biologically speaking, interesting creatures. But, when it comes to their perseverance in culture they haven’t had such a great reception by people. Moths are often seen as the “ugly” cousins to butterflies and people even feared them back in the day. They were seen as the darker side of a butterfly that is constantly wishing to have what a butterfly has but it is never able to reach such heights.
Because of their nocturnal nature, many saw moths as symbols of darkness and death. People feared them and didn’t want them around. These insects were seen as a reminder of death and the dark side, which is why many would run away from them or simply kill them anytime they get a chance to do so.
Moths are no doubt beautiful creatures, but such a negative representation throughout history gave them a negative reputation that is hard to shake away. Some native tribes even believe that moths are actually the souls of their dead ancestors, who came back to earth to watch over them. This scary thought is enough to realize what kind of reputation a moth has.
Besides being linked to something dark and negative, moth is also a symbol of introspection and deep thinking. It is believed that the butterfly is more of a bubbly and vibrant symbol, while moths are closely symbols of intellectuals and knowledge. These beautiful creatures are also symbols of vulnerability, because their wings are so gentle that they can be damaged even by a pinch of our fingers.
Moths are always striving towards the light which can be a representation of a person who is always trying to reach the best in his character and achieve even more in life. Moth might have been represented badly in some cultures, but as a spirit animal it has all the desirable traits a person should have. They are symbols of determination, intuition, subtlety and faith. Therefore, the perception whether the moth is a good or bad symbol in your home it is solely up to your perception.
Moths in your home – Good or bad?
With spring and warm weather, nature is inevitable, which means that we can already see the first insects that are starting to lurk in our homes. From stinging boring aunts, ferocious flies, and horrible spiders to the peculiar moths for which our favorite clothes are on our way, time has come to fight insects in our home. If you notice that your mothers begin to fly your home, this means that it is time to thoroughly clean both the closet and your kitchen.
Moths who eat their clothes like dark and crowded places, and like to stay close to the source of food, so we can find them in closets, kitchen cabinets and boxes.
Adulthood moths do not have a mouth and live only until they lay eggs, so damage to your clothing actually produces molasses. If you find holes on your clothes, it will tell you where mothers have laid their eggs, and look for the signs of mesh and hips in the corners of their closets and cabinets.
Moths have a strong sense of smell. They communicate, find partners, and discover food. Legs mostly attract the smell of human sweat, hair, and natural body fat that remain on clothing after wearing, especially on natural materials such as wool, silk or fur. For this reason, it is important that your clothes are washed before you dress them in the closet, especially if you store it for a longer period of time. Save your clothes in plastic boxes or bags from which you can extract air. Cardboard boxes are not a good solution because mothers can get it. Soak it regularly because the mothers may come out on the carpet.
A row of light-colored clothes secured on wooden hangers is visible from around the armpit level up, dangling from a rod that stretches from one end of the frame to the other. Behind the rack, two large windows brighten the room with daylight.
Ventilate your wardrobe because mothers are attracted to warm and humid spaces. Hang clothing made of natural materials on cedar hangers because it will reject mothers. Add pieces of cedar to the pockets of long pieces of clothing to further protect it.
If you’ve noticed a moth-star in your closet washes all pieces of clothing at high temperature. If that’s not possible, put it in the freezer for a few days as it will kill all the eggs. Clean the entire interior of cabinets and cabinets with a mixture of water and vinegar (be careful when cleaning stylish furniture). Soak often to remove the egg from the carpet and from it. Place drizzled rosemary, thyme, cloves, lavender or laurel leaves in small bags of fabric, hang them in your closet and place them in the individual trays to disperse the moths. The abundance of these plants can also dampen the moths and spit the places where you have noticed that they accumulate.
If you have noticed the moth starter in your kitchen including stale smell, netting in the niche or sticky traces in your kitchen cabinets or you’ve seen moles or their caterpillars, it’s time to clean your kitchen. Throw all the contaminated food and thoroughly clean the cabinets with a mixture of water and vinegar.
Be careful with cereals, nuts and rice because moths feed them and put them in eggs. Drop all open boxes with these foods and keep them in tightly closed glasses or metal boxes in the future. Well ventilate your kitchen. Kitchen cans / storage boxes on a shelf in a kitchen. Don’t try to solve the problem with classic pesticides and products with unchecked toxicity. They can be extremely harmful if you accidentally transfer them to clothing and bedding on the skin, and they are also dangerous to most pets.