We think it’s safe to say that most people are familiar with the holiday Mother’s Day, but we’re pretty confident that few people know about Moth-er Day — a day dedicated to moths and the people who collect them. Yes, we know you’re probably surprised that there is a holiday dedicated to moths, but here we are.
On this day, people around the world take time to learn more about these winged creatures, share their love of moths with others, and network with fellow moth enthusiasts. If moth collectors and lovers are also mothers, then they can celebrate two holidays at once on this day, observed annually on March 14th.
The History of Moth-er Day
At this time, we’re unsure who invented Moth-er Day or when it was invented. All we know is that this person probably enjoyed a good pun or two because they decided to place this holiday near Mother’s Day. Yes, they probably think they’re pretty clever. We will continue to search for the origins of this holiday, and if we find anything new, we’ll let you all know.
Some Quick Facts About Moths
Below are some quick facts about moths that we feel everyone will appreciate. Although most people think of moths as uglier butterflies, there are actually a few things about them that make them quite special in their own right. Let’s look at some of these facts below.
- Although people think moths fly at night, there are actually many moth species that fly during the day.
- The presence or absence of moths lets scientists know if an ecosystem is healthy or not.
- The largest moth in the world is the Atlas Moth of Southeast Asia, which has a wingspan of over a foot.
- Moths are important pollinators.
- Moths are a food source for birds and bats and play an important role in the food chain.
- Hawk Moths can fly up to 30 miles per hour. That’s fast!
Observing Moth-er Day
On this day, people are encouraged to reflect on the importance of moths and to connect with others who also appreciate these insects. Moths are significant pollinators, and we need to keep that in mind as we go about our day. We encourage everyone to spread the word about this holiday online using the hashtag #MothErDay. So, let’s all come together and celebrate these amazing winged creatures.