Tuesday, July 19

Facts about the Picasso moth


It is time to learn something cool today!

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 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 beautiful brush strokes of color on it. 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 can be found living 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. They are usually most active during the night and rest during the day. They do almost all of their traveling during the night time hours.

4. The Picasso moth feeds mostly on the nectar from different plants. They are herbivores. Picasso moths are pollinators too. 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 has its wings folded up it sort of resembles 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 that was made by a British entomologist named Frederic Moore in 1882.



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 Picasso moth worksheet

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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

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