If Elvis Returned as a Moth

Thank you, Thank you very much… [sneer]


Light Attraction photo and caption was created by rivadock4 and suggested by Celeste R.



  1. More like if Barbie returned as a moth. 😀

  2. @sinick: You tell ’em! Very funny.

  3. I would’ve gone with Liberace.

  4. sum tex chik says:

    Or maybe Liberace. I’ve never seen such a beautiful moth. Ever.

  5. sum tex chik says:

    Ha! Jaclyn T. on the same wavelength. How funny!

  6. Mary (the first) says:

    yeah..I’d go Barbie .. although I am not a Barbie fan and this is quite beautiful!

  7. I’ve seen quite a few of these. The first one startled me as I thought it was poisonous or something. It’s called a Rosy Maple Moth.

  8. kibblenibble says:

    Looks so soft and fuzzy. I’ve always had a soft spot for moths (no pun intended) for that very reason. They look way cuddlier than butterflies. As if you’d cuddle an insect. But this IS CO, after all. 🙂

  9. wee pink legs!

  10. Those antennae remind me of Sir Elton….

  11. Felicityanne says:

    The pink feet! The pink feet! Pink wings I can take, but the pink feet!!!

  12. This moth is wearing electric boots and a mohair suit. Totally.

  13. Queen of Dork says:

    Peeps! I’m about to get kinda Castenda on yo tocks but I think I remember a moth at your shoulder is a Power thing. This one is lovely. When I was a kid in Colorado, there were some CRAZY moths with red glowing eyes that came out at dusk. (I love dusk)

  14. Queen of Dork says:

    Oops. I spelled Carlos’ name wrong. my bad.

  15. Resriechan says:

    Hmmmmm…..never before put Liberace & Elton John together into one thought. If the two of them had gotten together & adopted “chirrun”……..
    kinda mind-bogglin’.

    Oh: the pink & “yaller” (Southspeak for “golden” ) moth is certainly intriguing, too.

  16. Resriechan says:

    HI HI HI oD!! Jus’ sent you a note on the other “thinggie”!!!

  17. Oh my goodness! I officially have a favorite insect. It’s so cute!

  18. Resriechan says:

    PS @ (wazzit Meg who posted this critter?)

    Tag: “Unusual Animals” = Understatement.


  19. Von Zeppelin says:

    Might be Elvis, but it is possibly a view from behind of the Archbishop of Lepidopteris, looking FABULOUS in his gold and pink cope. The antennae are an armature to support His Grace’s extra-tall mitre. Note the right had extended in a slightly fuzzy and insectile blessing.

  20. Lady Gaga’s house dress.

  21. Resriechan says:

    @ VonZep: are you (in real life) an engineer or something?
    Analysis, man; you posess some amazing Analysis skillzzzz…..AND vocab.
    It’s, like, TOW-tally awesome, man.

  22. who knew they made them in pink?

  23. I’m betting it has a pencil-thin moustachio a la Freddie Mercury

  24. Resriechan says:

    @ dub1: have we already completed the Gender Analysis on this ‘un; or do male AND female pinkandyaller Moths both have mustaches?

  25. Von Zeppelin says:

    @Resriechan–real life? In the final analysis, what, after all, IS real life? My true vocation must remain hidden, I fear. . . (wraps cloak around face, skulks off into shadows).

  26. My first thought was Tina Turner rather than Elvis. *shrug*

    Oh my, I had no idea the insect world was capable of something this fabulous! 😯

  27. Queen of Dork says:

    I’m TELLING you, it’s Carlos Castenada back from the abyss with Don Juan.

  28. Von Zeppelin says:

    Queen of Dork, I can believe it. Carlos may still be flying after his leap into the abyss, after all the peyote he consumed for spiritual enlightenment.

  29. @VonZep, Did you hear the one about the bishop and the drag queen? The drag queen says “That gown is fabulous, but your purse is on fire!”

  30. Resriechan says:

    @ VZ: Wait — come back I have some more pesky audience questions!!

    1) You do characters so well.
    2)Nice cape!
    3) Yet AGAIN, with the intriguing (AND ALWAYS PERFECTLY SPELLED. Yeah, I’ve had membership w/ the Grammar Police since about the age of 3 months)Vocabulary.

    4)Semi-Related (does that mean that this has to do w/ multiple wheeled trucks?):
    Have you seen 4 Weddings/ Funeral? Did you like it as much as I did? Do you recall the references thence, to “skulking, if skulking were required”??
    (One of my favorite slightly odd bits of film dialogue, that *DIDN’T* come from a M. Python film. Probably about 80 % of my favorite film dialogue, DOES come from a M. Python film.

    “Your mother was a hamster & your father smelled of elderberries”

    (PS — other than the use of hallucinogenic druggggzz, HOW did they come UP with that stuff??????)
    Okay really that’s all for THIS note.

  31. @QoD OMG Miller moths hated those things they congregate and swarm out of garages and sheds… LOL ahhh memories of Colorado!

  32. Queen of Dork says:

    Von Zep: Yeah. He kinda did do a lot of that, huh? But Don Juan MADE him do it.

  33. Resriechan says:

    erp– Miller? Ya ni panimayu (Russki = “Huh?”)

  34. Queen of Dork says:

    kittyadventures: Wow! Someone else knows of these red-glowing eyes moths in Colorado of which I speak?!! They’re one of the things from childhood that really ooooomph my memory!

  35. Von Zeppelin says:

    @Resriechan–1, 2, and 3: thank you. 4: I did not see “Four Weddings and a Funeral.” Hugh Grant’s stammering-crooked-grin-charming upperclass-Englishman schtick induces in me acute projectile vomiting.

    By the way, the long trailing garment worn by the clergy (to which I had reference in Comment 19) is a COPE, not a CAPE. The term comes, I believe, from the Latin “copiosus,” or “flowing.” I would hate for the Grammar Police Internal Affairs Division to pay you a visit and take your badge and weapon.

  36. No, no no!!!!

    It is s obviously David Bowie!

  37. Queen of Dork says:

    kittyadventures: Sing the following to Skynard song, Sweet Home Alabama. This is how we sang it as a kid in high school in glorious CO.

    Sweet home Colorado!
    Where the skies are so blue!
    Sweet home Colorado!
    Lord I’m comin’ home to you!

  38. I agree with Katie. Clearly taken during his “Aladdin Sane” period.

  39. Felicityanne says:

    Man enough to wear pink…

  40. Resriechan says:

    @ VZ — LOLLOLLOL (& etc)

    Thank you for watching for my credentials…I’m looking closely & indeed I did think in #19 that you meant “cape” HOWEVER (peering with a “Mother Superior” strict facial expression, over the top edges of my spectacles) ….in # 2 you also made reference to a cloak & in truth I didn’t check my source & so perhaps the GP will be visiting me, for THAT infraction ….that was the reason I used the term “cape” there. I will install the terms “cloak”, “cape” & “cope” into separate folders in my Official Archives. Thank you for the Precision.

    Unrelated Matter — didja see, back in whichever comment stream it was (I’m almost considering starting a CO Reference File box, to keep separated, which Entirely Unrelated Conversation was located in an Entirely Unrelated Cute Photo column)…….wasn’t it you who allowed my research assignment, a time extension?

    “Agent 99/ Get Smart” : “Wouldja beleeeeeeve ………..” that , the next day, I actually played around with the Pluto dog & Goofy dog/ anthropomorphism question AND FOUND some articles on the ‘Net….if we can figger out the place & you didn’t already see those results, I invite you to “review the research results” at your earliest convenience.

    I remain,
    Your Obedient Servant.

  41. Resriechan says:


    I meant to reference your comment #25, not # 2 (filled out my sentence partially, intending to go back & locate the correct item but hit “submit” button…..wow that’s sounding rather….suggestive just now ….)

    ENNYway (whistling the Official “I’m Innocent of All Charges” tune & walking away casually)

  42. Von Zeppelin says:

    Resriechan–Ah, yes. . . Goofy. . . Pluto. . .time extension. . . it was long ago, far away. . . in one of my past lives. . . when I was either Eleanor of Aquitaine or a Sumatran fruit bat. . .

  43. It looks like an alien from the original Star Trek!

  44. Queen of Dork says:

    Here’s a cool song! I just got back from the corner store. “Brick House” was playing on the piped music thing. Me and the woman behind the counter just started DANCIN’! We’re all:

    So she’s a brick…
    she’s mighty mighty,
    Jus’ lettin’ it allllll hang ouuut!
    She’s a brick
    She’s the one, the only one,
    built like a laaakkaamaalaa.!!

    (shick-i-tow shick-it-tow now, shick-i-tow shick-tow nowww!!)

  45. Queen of Dork says:

    Sing it with me!!

    (shick-it-tow-shick-it -tow-shick-it-tow-now…shick-it-tow-shick it-tow-shick-it-TOW-now)

    Cause she’s a brick…houuusssee

  46. Needs more sequins and sparkles, and then he’ll be ready for his peanut butter and bacon sammiches.

  47. Queen of Dork says:

    and….JAZZ HANDS!

  48. Carmen Miranda would like a word with you…

  49. Colin Firth > Hugh Grant. Every time.

  50. @Queen of Dork, we had to have that song at my brother’s wedding.

  51. Queen of Dork says:

    Theresa: That should work.

  52. Queen of Dork says:

    Theresa: Just noticed you said “had” as in past. Already happened. Sorry if it didn’t go well. 😦 Sorry. I just get completely carried away with meself sometimes.

  53. @Q0D, it was a FABULOUS wedding. The best. No problemo. 😉

  54. Queen of Dork says:


    Well she’s a brick. (dun. dun. dun,dun)



  55. I have been looking for that EXACT colour of nailpolish! 😛

    It’s nice that the insect world is participating in Breast Cancer Awareness month too. Very sweet.

  56. @Resriechan
    Males have bushier antennae, so I’m thinking female; however, much easier with TWO different rosy moths to determine.
    In the meantime, I envisioned Freddie Mercury, a gynandromorph himself, enrobed in this little number, as if neopolitan fruit bat [where as usual someone ate all the chocolate band first] and an Andorian loved each other very, verrrry much.

  57. Queen of Dork says:

    btw…Does anybody know what the heck those last lyrics are? “Built like a yaakkamalaa?” Built like a WHAT?!

    (dare ya)

  58. Queen of Dork says:



  59. Von Zeppelin says:

    dub1: “GYNANDROMORPH!” What a glorious word! If only there were a way to work it into a conversation not involving Freddie Mercury . . .
    (Stern Father to teenage daughter: “Are you going out dressed like that? You look like a gyandromorph!”)
    (Makeup artist to Joan Crawford: “Maybe a little stronger on the jawline and the eyebrows, Miss Crawford? With the mannish padded shoulders, you’ll be positively gyandromorphic!”)

  60. Beautiful! Lots of moths are beautiful when you have a chance to look at them close up. Found some photos of these guys online – I think those pink things sticking up front are the front legs. In the photo the antennae are yellow and definitely fringed. My guess is this is a male because although both have identically patterned upper wings, only the male has pink on the lower wings (seen poking out in the center). ‘Course that might vary, but male seems like a good working hypothesis…

    And Theresa, I completely agree (about Colin Firth)!

  61. What is the different between gynandromorphic and androgynous – is the first used to describe a man and the second to describe a woman?

  62. Queen of Dork says:

    Julia Child. JULIA CHILD!! I LOVE her!! What a fantastic woman she was. Love her!!!

    PS- if she saw moths in her house she would probably either send them on spy missions or cook and eat them.

  63. earlybird1 says:

    Just don’t let him in; he’ll shed all over the carpet!

  64. earlybird1 says:

    Q of D: I LOVE Julia Child too! I have several DVD’s of her old episodes. What an adventurous and hilarious woman!

  65. This is a Rosy Maple Moth. The first time I saw one, I was fascinated by the bright pink and creamy fuzz. It looked so soft and furry, and even it’s legs were bright pink. I’ve been on the lookout for more and it got me fascinated with moths, which I used to disparge them. Now, I’m seeing georgous moths around.

  66. KatieZientek says:

    Nothing worse than a shedding moth. *Ah-choo!*

  67. @QoD – the lyric you’re looking for is “built like an Amazon.”

  68. Resriechan says:

    So, was the song “Brick House”, written ABOUT Julia Childs? Discuss.


  69. Christopher says:

    I thought it was Ziggy Stardust era Bowie as portrayed by Jonathan Rhys Meyers in Velvet Goldmine.

  70. berthaservant says:

    Liberace. Or Elton John cept he’s not dead.

  71. Resriechan says:

    dub1: “With all due respect ” (giggle) have you recently overdosed on endorphins & dark chocolate? Or am I from Eeejitland?

    aka = “huh?”

    I read your later note 2x and STILL don’t quite get it

  72. Mrs. Lackey says:

    do not like!

    I am afraid of moths…. -__-

  73. I’ll see your Elvis and raise you an albino Ozzy Osbourne:


  74. Its more Elton John-ish than Elvis.

  75. I suffer from entomophobia so I couldn’t really look at the moth. Wish I could but just cant do it without shuddering.

  76. @Resriechan
    This is my brain ALLLL the time! Woo hoo!

    Male rosy maple moths are smaller but have floofier antennae.
    Freddie Mercury: late lead singer of Brit glam rock group Queen, famous for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘Crazy Little Things Called Love’ and ‘We Are the Champions.’ Apparently thought even by bonobo chimps to be a wee bit too promiscuous, and even by Liberace to dress a wee bit too flamboyantly.
    Various degrees of hermaphoditic costuming very prevalent in glam rockers.
    Gynandromorph: one side of its body is purely female, the other purely male. Gyn = chick, andro = dude, morph = form.
    Neapolitan ice cream [bad cheap ice cream, packaged not so much with three bricks of vanilla, strawberry and chocolate, but of white, pink and brown, with the brown flavour always selectively scooped out.]
    Fruit bat: mega oogly Ebola-carrying flying rat/fox, but at least it only ravishes fruit.
    Andorian: original-Star-Trek alien with cool antennae

    So: I envisioned this fabulous moth is the love child of Freddie Mercury, a pink-and-yeller striped fruit bat and an Andorian. It could happen 😐

  77. Resriechan says:

    @ dub1:

    ooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhh. Yeah. NOW I see the whole thing. WHY wasn’t it obvy, to me????

    “Is a Puzzlement” (winky winky giggle)

  78. Queen of Dork says:

    dub1: *GASP HUGELY* Queen. Bohemian Rhapsody, Crazy Little Thing Called Love and We Are The Champions. (we will, we will Rock you)!! Yay!!

  79. Queen of Dork says:

    RicaLynn: Thank you!

  80. Queen of Dork says:

    Gigi: Okay. Here’s a REALLY weird confession. I have a strange aversion to belly buttons. Not kidding here. I really do. I can’t touch my own, have anybody else touch it, or look at others touch theirs. My daughter looked this weird affliction up online and there’s actually a word for it but I don’t remember what it is. I’m not being sarcastic at all. This is really true.

  81. Queen of Dork says:

    Resriechan: Yes, I think so.

  82. Queen of Dork says:

    Here’s a good song!

    Come and knock at my door,
    Take a step that is neeewww
    See the loveable space that needs your face!
    Three’s company, tooooooo!

    You’ll see that life is a ball again,
    laughter is caaallllling for you!!!

    Down in our rendevous!!!!,
    THREE IS COMPANY, TOO!!! (plink!)

    (got that in my head because it just came on TV. Ahhhh Janet. Jack. Chrissy).

  83. Queen of Dork says:

    Hey! We should have a song fest! Everybunny…sing a TV show theme song!

  84. Resriechan says:

    @ QoD:

    Aaaaaaand another musico-socio controversy, RESOLVED.

    The Research Dept.

  85. Queen of Dork says:

    Weellll, Listen to the story of a man named Jed…. (and so on)

  86. Queen of Dork says:

    They said: “CALIFORNIA is the place we ought to beeeeeee….

    *wow. the insomia has totally sunk in*

  87. Tinnabeans56 says:

    wut is that?

  88. I have taken a photo of one of these on a friend of mine’s door about a year ago. S/he was a little more pale, but I was all like, “Holy crap! Is that a pink moth?! I’m getting my camera!”

    So inspired am I by her (or him) that I have found some wingspan pictures, and fully intend soon to have one tattooed on my back under my neck, toward my left shoulder blade.

  89. NICE “JUMPSUIT” ! ! !

  90. I wish moths looked like that here….

  91. Clearly a sneak peak at the forthcoming collaboration between MTV and Animal Planet:

    Pimp My Bug

  92. Resriechan says:

    This is another moment, when/where I wish the Editors Department could do a side-by-side post: This’yere Psychedelice Cape Moth, next to the Monster-Under-Your-Bed dog w/ massively floofy Hot Pink Bedroom Slippers.

    A Girl can DREAM, can’t I?
    aka “Shickitow, shickitowow….(etc.)”

  93. Thank you CuteOverload, today I have learned a new word. (Although I’m still not entirely sure of the difference between gynandromorph and hermaphrodite.)

  94. That’s not Elvis…that’s Liberace.

  95. The Great Squee says:

    Wow. Moths TERRIFY me (I’ll hide under a table or a chair or something if I see one) but this one just made me giggle. Kind of like I hate bugs, but a nice ladybug or fluffy caterpillar is okay. I wish all creepy bugs were pink, I could get over my fears that way.

  96. Im picturing lipstick and long lashes in the front. Or even funnier if it was a boy…with muscles… sorry

  97. darkshines says:

    I just finished reading The Teachings of Don Juan for the first time, so it has amused me greatly to see references here on CO!

  98. We have found several of these weird little moths at our house. They are really pretty!

  99. those things BITE haaard

  100. I’m picturing a leg shake, then turns around to sing!…dand dan da
    dand dand dan,,,,,left a good job in the city…workin for the man every night and day..

  101. Pretty, but I’d FREAK OUT if it landed on me!

  102. That was miss Piggy, alright.

  103. Cutest bug ever! Rosy Maple! I made a little character inspired by one. =D