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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
The moths constitute the larger division of the order Lepidoptera . Two of the points by which they are distinguished from butterflies are that they are generally nocturnal and that their antennae are not club-shaped. Further, the larva in many cases spins a cocoon for the protection of the pupa or chrysalis, which is never the case with butterflies. The Biblical references are to the clothes-moth, i.e. various species of the genus Tinea , tiny insects which lay their eggs in woolen clothes, upon which the larvae later feed. As the larva feeds it makes a cocoon of its silk together with fibers of the cloth on which it is feeding, so that the color of the cocoon depends upon the color of the fabric. The adult is only indirectly harmful, as it is only in the larval stage that the insect injures clothing. Therefore in Isaiah 51:8 , "For the moth (
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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Moth'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/m/moth.html. 1915.