I did a post a couple of weeks ago on butterflies, who I am extremely drawn to. However, I was going through my images and I found a vintage image of a moth that was perfect for the collage I was working on. I finished the piece, and the moth image couldn’t have been a better fit, but it got me thinking.
In my mind the moth has always lived in the shadow of the glamorous butterfly. I guess this is because the butterfly is such a show stopper that it’s hard for anyone to compete, but I realized, as I have many time before, that outward appearances aren’t everything. After a little reading, I discovered that moths predate butterflies by a million years, and in fact butterflies evolved from moths. I also got reminded that moths are nocturnal, and they navigate by the moon and stars, which mysteriously pulls them in the right direction. So although the moth might not have as big of a following, give credit where credit is due.
Just like butterflies moths are universal symbols for change and transformation. The seemingly lifeless cocoon sheds its shell and becomes the impossible. To me moths in particular also represent perseverance, which has enabled them to survive for millions of years.
(David Burnie and Don Wilson, Animal: The Definitive Visual Guide To The World’s Wildlife (New York: DK Publishing, 2001))
The collage below is a digital art collage and is available for sale at my Etsy shop. (This image is copyrighted and can’t be printed or copied for any reason.)