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  • emim 1037 on 30 September 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: anasomnia, dreams,   



  • emim 655 on 30 September 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: dusty, eating clothes, light and dark, mach band, moon, moth myths, moth project, moth scales, , pest   

    work in progress 

    moths are dirty dusty tiny insignificant creatures / moths eat our clothes and as such are pests / moths are attracted to light and often get so close as to die because they are stupid

    personal project: using these basic moth myths, creating the world around moths to evoke them through their own absence. beginning from a human perspective gradually closing in on the moth through these often misleading moth tropes. misleading because:

    moths’ wings are not “dust” but really tiny scales.

    moths don’t eat clothes and many species don’t even have mouths. it is the larvae that need to eat to grow to pupate to turn into a moth to mate to lay eggs… so some species may eat natural fabrics. one larva couldn’t eat an entire garment but only enough to be able to pupate. clothes moths don’t like light either and will retreat to dark places.

    concerning the moths that do flit about the various light sources: not much is known about how moths see but maybe they use the moon as a constant in navigation (which apparently appears at what is called “optical infinity“) which is useful for triangulation so they can maintain a steady path in flight which all seems pretty smart. so it becomes unsurprising that artificial lighting must confuse the hell out of them. some say that moths are instead attracted to darkness. a mach band is created around a light source such as the light from a lamp and this is perceptually the darkest area to where moths are drawn. others simply say confusion is attraction which is nice in its poeticism.

  • emim 1034 on 27 September 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 1942, bob clampett, moth and bee wedding   

    eatin’ on the cuff 

  • emim 134 on 26 September 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: co-evolution, darwin, , , moth tongue   

    four moths 

    but i only have two moths to post and then i will show you only one for now. this one was resting quite a way back from the light sources and where two walls meet. another came by and flitted about all over the show too fast to be documented and it harassed the quiet rester and they fell and disappeared into my clothes presumably never to see light again. quiet rester looked really similar to the first but had stripes instead of spots and was a little smaller. in the photo you can see that it also differs as it has stubs for antennae. i’m not sure whether they are meant to be like this or if life’s been difficult. i’m not even entirely sure it was antennae now that i think about it. maybe it was the tongue. i will take an educated guess it is also a part of the geometridae family but not going to commit to xyridacma ustaria. identifying has been difficult lately. when university subsides i will go to te papa to see the moth collection and to the library to get some moth books.

    speaking of moth tongues, have you heard about darwin’s predicted moth which was discovered forty years later and helped his argument for co-evolution?

    • emim 108 on 8 October 2011 Permalink | Reply

      i think i know what this one is. how original is “brown evening moth”? however, the scientific name makes up for it here with gellonia dejectaria. poor moth.

  • emim 119 on 26 September 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , bugs, yo gabba gabba   

    bugs – black moth super rainbow 

    another song by BMSR for yo gabba gabba which is a tv show for children. while it is definitely a children’s show it has become pretty hip. the visual aesthetics are definitely something different but they also get crazy amount of famous or semi-famous guests such as the roots and rhys darby. this BMSR song is pretty catchy.

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