Moths of Malaysia
Have You Seen The Moths of Malaysia?
The many species of the moths of Malaysia can be found all year round, just like the butterflies of Malaysia.
The Malaysian moths may come in many sizes, big and tiny, and can be found in the lowlands and highlands areas. And, as is well-known, the largest of the moths is the Atlas moth.
Moths, like butterflies, belong to the distinctive order of Insects known as Lepidoptera.
In all, out of the more than 140,000 species of Lepidoptera in the world, more than 120,000 of them are moths and the rest are butterflies.
And moths are split into two sub-orders -- the Macrolepidoptera (larger moths) and the Microlepidoptera (small or micro moths).
The life-cycle of moths is similar to that of butterflies. They are holometabolous insects, meaning they go through a full metamorphic life cycle comprising of four distinct stages -- egg, caterpillar (larva), pupa (chrysalis) and imago (adult).
Most moth species fly by night, but there are also many species that fly by day or diurnally.
This may be true because we see moths mostly at night when their colors are most times not clearly visible or discernible to us because of the darkness.
In reality there are many of these God-created insects that are as beautiful and brightly-colored as butterflies.
In fact some look like butterflies because of their pretty wings design and patterns.
When we look carefully in good light, we can see that the different species of moths have wing markings many of which are truly unique, captivating and fascinating.
Go to this Malaysian Moths Gallery for a sample view of a few of the beautiful moths of the country waiting to be found and admired.
Myth Concerning Moths
My late grandma used to tell stories and cautioned us kids about moths preferring to eat our shirts and trousers. She showed us the holes on the cotton clothes, some small and some widespread, that she said were made by the moths.
So is it really true that moths eat clothes?
Well, it is actually not so true in general, as out of the thousands of moth species as mentioned earlier, only a few, maybe less than 10 of the species, like to eat clothes.
Even so the caterpillars eat mostly dirty and unused cotton or natural fiber-made clothes and materials that are kept hidden or left lying for ages in mostly dark places, where the moth eggs were laid.
And quite possibly those holes in the clothes were made by silverfishes (Lepisma saccharina) or bristletails, a small insect that like to eat a variety of items such as cotton, linen, paper and others, and are common minor pest of households everywhere.
Useful Duties of Moths
The moths of Malaysia, like butterflies, bees and birds, are important to our environment as they act as plant pollinators, and as caterpillars especially, are also part of Nature's food chain for birds, bats and other animals.
And did you know?
-- That the natural silk clothes that we wear are derived from the silk made by the silkworm (Bombyx mori).
So they are also economically and socially beneficial to man, especially to the silk industries, and, obviously, to celebrities and those who are trendy and fashionable, who like to wear silk dresses and clothings!!
Care for our Environment
So do take care of our environment.
We need to keep our natural bio-systems in good running order to ensure the survival not only of other wild-life but our own as well.
Such is the inextricably intertwined lives we all live with nature on this earth.
Enjoy the moths of Malaysia.
There is not an animal (that lives) on the earth, nor a being that flies on its wings, but (forms part of) communities like you.
And God has created every animal from water: of them there are some that creep on their bellies; some that walk on two legs; and some that walk on four. God creates what He wills for verily God has power over all things.