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The star-crossed moth
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It is a curious fact to me that a nocturnal creature, such as the Moth is, should be attracted to bright lights. I watched a moth bouncing about inside a glass lampshade one evening and wondered why on earth he was so intent on landing on a red hot bulb... He tried for a good hour but never managed to rest and fell out onto the table.
I surmise that Moths are simply attracted to light. The futility of his obsession just made me think about another thwarted love story... Neither Romeo nor the Moth got what they desired it seems.

by Stephen Hirons

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