cute moth

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THE DARK’S TREASURED GLOW - WIP Introduction

—> GENRE: YA Science Fiction
—> POV: Third person limited (I’m not set on this yet, though~)
—> STATUS: Vague idea stages; outlining
—> SETTING: An alien world initially believed to be uninhabited due to the permanent cloud layer preventing any light from reaching the planet’s surface. A human community was built to float above the clouds, powered through a plant integrated technology dependent on solar energy. Although unique flora and fauna have been discovered adapted to the darkness beneath, and some have been domesticated to aid the humans, the lands below are thought to be barren, with human influence said to be inconsequential to any possible ecosystem development.
—> FEATURES: LGBTQ+ and diverse cast; non-binary main character; FLUFFY MOTH DRAGONS and other cool alien things; photosynthetic technology; flora/fauna adaptation; mind control; perpetual darkness; found family; government corruption; reliance on light; environmental destruction and conservation; alien world colonization; exploration.


And this? This is what happens when you decide you’re going to write a book about environmental science and the issues in a human’s interaction with the natural world. On another world.


This wip is in it’s very initial stages of planning, but here’s some of what I have now:

  • The main character is a teenage enby who trained alongside their brother to be in a tactical explorer program: those who are chosen of the completed achieve the honour of exploring the lands below the clouds, and searching for mineral deposits and other important resources.
  • They lost their sight partway through their training, disqualifying them from the program.
  • Their brother went missing on his first mission. In fact, his entire team did.
  • Fast forward a few years, they’re now working in their friend’s company as a mechanic.
  • They get into trouble a lot, though, and on one of their escapes, they end up accidentally deactivating the headset on a dragon used to transport supplies.
  • Turns out this headset was actually being used to basically mind control these basically sapient creatures.
  • New friend! Oh wait, it’s trying to kill them. Nevermind.
  • Anddddd now both of them have fallen below the clouds. And it seems it’s not quite as barren as the government wanted you to think…

Anyways, I’m unlikely to be sharing any actual writing any time soon aside from concepts and possibly some sketches, but if you’d like to be added to the taglist, let me know!

ppl rly be out there scared of moths

the cutest most harmless fuzzy creatures imaginable, who are not able to bite anything because they physically do not have jaws

no stingers

nothing that could harm you

they come from cute fuzzy caterpillars

they rly just out there wantin to fly around your light sources ok

it is literally a real life fairy in a fluffy fur coat

“yeah they’re cute in theory but in real life they’re terrifying”

oh yeah real terrifying

it’s a pikachu with wings

My friend and I were leaving her house in south Florida a few weeks ago when she stopped me to point out this striking moth, as she knew I would definitely want to check it out. Obviously enamored, I did some research and learned so much about this beautiful insect, called the Scarlet Bodied Wasp Moth (Cosmosoma myrodora). Apparently adult males of this species have adapted an insanely badass way of looking out for their mates. On the day when a Scarlet Bodied Wasp Moth chooses to mate, he will find a Dogfennel plant (Eupatorium capillifolium) and use his probiscus to collect pyrrolizidine alkaloids. The intrepid moth will then retain these poisonous toxins until the occasion of his coupling with another of his species. Upon copulation, the male showers the female in a cloud of the toxins, effectively forming a safety bubble to protect the pair from predatory species like the Golden Orb Web spider. Not only is the female inoculated with these defensive compounds, so too are her developing eggs! This process is essential to reducing predation, and eggs that do not receive the pyrrolizidine alkaloids are far more vulnerable. The Scarlet Bodied Wasp Moth is the only known insect to transfer a chemical defense in this way! What a cool moth!

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At last! My tiny fluffy teddy bear moths have arrived!

My first southern flannel moth adult emerged from his cocoon this morning. You may remember my previous posts of them: as caterpillars, they are the most adorable fluffy shy hairballs who are also so venomous their stings are considered the most painful kind you can get in North America.

They were so cute and I wanted to hold them SO BAD but the closest I could get was stroking the side of the tank while I wept over how life was so cruel to deny me the joy of holding these sweet babies.

Well, my first sweet baby is here. A boy: his antennae are feathered to detect the scent females let out to attract mates. I knew they were small, but I was still surprised to see this tiny baby. Every surface is covered in fluffy fur.

His little black boots. His fluffy bum. His orange mustache 😭

I’m not going to lie. I kissed him. He is perfect.

Cocoon made July 6, emerged August 8, 2017

real talk

why tf do people hate moths so much?? they’re just like tiny fluffy butterflies???

i mean

look at how furry they can be!! this one looks like a damn plushie!!!

and look how cool their wings are!!!

this one has snake heads on the tips of its wings!!!

and this one has a damn SKULL on its back!!!

FFS THEIR ANTENNAE ARE FEATHERS!!!

THEY LOOK LIKE BUGS MADE FROM A CRAFTING PROJECT

conclusion: moths are adorable little furballs who deserved to be loved