Tuesday, July 19

Facts about the Picasso moth

Picasso Moth Facts

Have you heard of the famous painter Pablo Picasso? Well, guess what? There is a beautiful insect called the Picasso moth. It is so beautiful, and it looks like Pablo Picasso painted the moth himself. The Picasso moth’s scientific name is Baorissa hieroglyphica. Some moths are just as beautiful as butterflies are. The Baorissa hieroglyphica is one of those beautiful moths. It is so beautiful; it looks like a painter painted it with beautiful brush strokes of color. With your parent/caretaker’s permission, google Baorissa hieroglyphica and see how beautiful the moths are.


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Facts about the Picasso Moth:

1. The Picasso moth lives in Northeast India and Southeast Asia.

2. There are over 155,000 different species of moths living all over the world. Here is a list of some of those moths in alphabetical order:

  • Atlas moth
  • Common clothes moth
  • Domestic silk moth
  • Japanese silk moth
  • Luna moth
  • Lymantria dispar moth
  • Picasso moth
  • Polyphemus moth
  • Scarlet tiger moth
  • Yellow woolly bear moth


3. The Picasso moth is a nocturnal insect. It is usually most active at night and rests during the day. It does almost all of its traveling at night.

4. The Picasso moth feeds mainly on the nectar from different plants. They are herbivores. Picasso moths are pollinators. A pollinator can be any insect that carries pollen from one flower/plant to another.

5. The Picasso moth has four wings. The two top wings are called the forewings, and the bottom two wings are called the hindwings. When the Picasso moth's wings are folded up, they resemble the shape of an isosceles triangle.

6. You can buy a Picasso moth sculpture on Etsy. They are very well-done replicas of the beautiful Picasso moth.

7. The Baorisa hieroglyphica (Picasso moth) was described in a catalog of Asian butterflies and moths made by a British entomologist named Frederic Moore in 1882.



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Books about Picasso moths:

1. Moth An Evolution Story by Isabel Thomas

2. Moths: A Complete Guide to Biology and Behavior by David Lees

3. The Lives of Moths: A Natural History of Our Planet's Moth Life by Andrei Sourakov

4. Smithsonian Handbooks: BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS by David J. Carter

Parents/caretakers, be sure books are child-friendly before reading them to your child/children.



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