Can Moths Lay Eggs In Your Hair?

Moths come in many shapes and colors. There are thought to be approximately 160,000 species of moths, and many are yet to be described.

Can Moths Lay Eggs In Your Hair?
These are not butterflies but moths!

Although they can be as beautiful as their cousins, butterflies, some moths, particularly their caterpillars, can be major pests in many parts of the world.

Can moths lay eggs in your hair?

Moths will not lay eggs in human hair. This is more an urban myth than something that would actually happen. Moths prefer secure and dark places to lay their eggs, like among clothes in closets and drawers.

Contrary to popular belief, adult moths do not eat your clothes or eat at all. Many moths don’t even have mouthparts.

It is their larvae that feed on your coats and t-shirts that are made from organic materials such as cotton. The clothes moth lays about 40 eggs and Indian meal moths, which invade your pantry searching for food such as grains, cereals, herbs, dried fruit, and pet food, lay more than 200 eggs.

Moth Lifecycle
Moth Lifecycle

Moth larvae, or caterpillars, make cocoons from which they emerge as fully grown moths with wings.

Can A Moth Bite You?

Adult moths don’t have mouthparts. Hence they cannot bite you.

Can A Caterpillar Bite You?

Caterpillars don’t typically bite people, but they can and do sting. Caterpillar hairs sometimes have venom in them. Species from approximately 12 families of moths or butterflies worldwide can inflict serious human injuries, from urticarial dermatitis and atopic asthma to osteochondritis, consumption coagulopathy, kidney failure, and brain bleeding.

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Can A Moth Go Into Your Ear?

The moth can go into a human’s ear. Any bug could make its way into your ears, but cockroaches and flies are the biggest ones to be concerned about.

It is something that could keep a person awake at night, thinking about all the bugs out there. If you do get a bug inside your ear, don’t use a cotton swab but go to the doctor, and they will take it out with forceps.

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Can Moths Hurt You In Your Sleep?

Moths can’t hurt humans while they sleep. Moths lack fangs, mouths, claws, pincers, stingers, and other dangerous body parts that could potentially hurt people. Still, people are afraid of moths, and that fear is called mottephobia.

Those who suffer generally call themselves mottephobes. People are generally afraid of their constant fluttering and their unpredictable nature.

People claim to be afraid of not only butterflies and moths but birds as well. They may fear the flying behavior or worry that a flying creature will land on them. Smaller birds like hummingbirds instill more fear than larger birds that flap more slowly.

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Can Moths See?

Moths can see and commonly have superposition eyes that help them see better in the dark when they are more active.

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Adrian Volenik

I've lived around animals my whole life and I hold a Diploma in Animal Physiology. When I'm not reading or writing about wild animals, health and fitness, and technology, you can find me playing with my son and two cats. My pastimes include running, playing video games, and solving the NY Times crossword.