From Doug Yanega Re: clothes moth paranoia
Pierre A Plauzoles
ae779 at lafn.org
Mon Jul 20 10:35:29 EDT 1998
In a previous article, Neil at nwjones.demon.co.uk (Neil Jones) says:
>In article <6oivcn$3ghi$1 at news-inn.inet.tele.dk>
> fdki_ at post2.tele.dk "P. Stadel Nielsen" writes:
>> dyanega at mono.icb.ufmg.br (Doug Yanega) wrote:
>> >>>My experience has been that whenever you mention moths, people
>> >>>immediately want to know if their clothes will be eaten. They
>> >>>think most moths eat clothes.
>> Here in Denmark, "moths eating clothing" is also history, however in
>> Copenhagen the "problem" is increasing due to humid and closed houses
>> with little ventilation (save energy!). But he clothes moths is still
>> considered quite rare, and many microlep collectors have never found
>Incidentally. I too have encountered this "moths eat clothes" myth.
>The other one is "All caterpillars eat cabbage".
>My local newspaper ran a story a while ago about someone finding
>an Elephant Hawkmoth caterpillar. It was displayed in a photograph sitting
>by a cabbage leaf. (ARGH!)
"ARGH!" is right!!
Of course the reporter did not bother to check his reference material -
if he had any - or to check with an entomologist. That attitude relative
to a medical problem would get someone killed.
Pierre Plauzoles ae779 at lafn.org
Canoga Park, California
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