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[Comments] (3) Moths: I really don't like moths. In trying to analyze why, I've come up with a couple of things--their furry heads, their feathery antennae, and the markings on their wings. I find moths distressing, and I'm sure there is some deep childhood reason for this.

Once when I was a teenager, I was sitting on the couch reading and my father came and put a gigantic moth on my book. I just about wigged, and he said, "But it's only a little Cecopia moth!" I didn't like the "little" moth. He had eyeball markings on his back. Plus, that kind of moth is as big as a hummingbird, and they have huge ugly larvae that eat plants.

The house has been full of moths lately. Mostly dead ones, but some living ones who rustle and batter against the windows until they too die. I blame Xochitl for carrying them in. They day is going to come, soon, when I get the nerve up to sweep the dead moths off the kitchen floor.

As I work in the garden, I always kill moth larvae when I find them. They squirt when you squish them.


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