Meet the pink and yellow moth inspiring popstar comparisons
Twitter is abuzz over this rosy maple moth pic
As far as moths go, this one’s pretty glamorous.
And now this pretty pink and yellow creature is making the rounds on social media.
On May 21, an American Twitter user by the name of Rebecca Lavoie shared a photo of a rosy maple moth that had landed on her deck.
Last we checked, her tweet had been liked more than 560,000 times and retweeted more than 80,000 times.
What is it?
This type of moth is native to North America.
You may even see one if you live in southern Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia or P.E.I.
Its distinct look has been compared to everything from a fairy princess to cotton candy to a strawberry-banana milkshake.
Oh, and here’s another nickname that’s been circulating: Nicki MOTHaj.
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Various Twitter users were quick to point out that this kind of moth weirdly matches all kinds of cakes and cupcakes.
Not to mention some classic cartoon characters.
And some people were inspired to come up with characters of their own:
Other cool moths
Lavoie’s tweet about her fuzzy pink-and-yellow visitor has also sparked a conversation about some other cool moths out there.
Here are some cool facts about rosy maple moths, according to the University of Michigan’s Museum of Zoology:
- The adult moths don’t have to eat — ever!
- As far as predators go, blue jays are their biggest threat.
- Unlike humans, they can see ultraviolet light.
- The moths are nocturnal, meaning they prefer to be active at night.
- They like to lay their eggs on maple trees (as well as oak and beech).
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