Skepticism

Jesus on a Moth!

No, that’s not an expression like “Christ on a Cracker!”

Someone in Tyler, Texas (it had to be Texas….) thinks he sees Jesus on this moth.  You know you have comedy gold just from this line:

Kirk Harper spotted the moth on an RV trailer Monday, and right away could tell it was unique.

And…oh boy…there’s a poll on that news story.  Right now 13% of the respondents can see Jesus on the moth.  Those of you in the know will recognize this as an Imperial Moth.  It’s a broadly ranging moth in the Eastern US, including Michigan.

Thanks muchly to Dwindling in Unbelief for finding this! Click on this photo of the moth for a larger version, and play “spot the authority figure” on the moth thorax.

So–who do YOU see on the moth?

(cross-posted at the Bug Blog)

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43 Comments

  1. August 28, 2008 at 10:03 pm —

    One of the guys from ZZ Top?

  2. August 28, 2008 at 10:11 pm —

    I see Ming the Merciless.

    I dated a guy in college who named his penis Ming… so maybe I have a secret moth fetish.

  3. August 28, 2008 at 10:11 pm —

    I see the moth but I don’t see Jesus.

  4. August 28, 2008 at 10:27 pm —

    I’m pretty sure that’s Disco Stu rocking a goatee.

  5. August 28, 2008 at 10:34 pm —

    Looks like Gilgamesh to me.

  6. August 28, 2008 at 10:36 pm —

    I see an angry Jesus with rabbit ears.

    Or perhaps a disgruntled bearded Pippi Longstocking…

    Either way, he/she/it is wearing a tika fo’ sho’

  7. August 28, 2008 at 10:40 pm —

    Rasputin. Totally.

  8. August 28, 2008 at 10:47 pm —

    Naw, that’d be Richard Libertini.

  9. August 28, 2008 at 11:00 pm —

    I see a little girl praying. Her hair is parted in the middle and covers her eyes ’cause she’s bowing, below that is her mouth, and below that are her hands clasped. The two things on the sides are her pigtails.

    That’s what I see intuitively. Now, I can force myself to see the Jesus face, but 1) I see Jesus with pigtails, and what’s that all about? and 2) it pops back to the praying girl as soon as I stop concentrating on it.

  10. August 28, 2008 at 11:33 pm —

    I saw this at PZ’s earlier and I could not see a damn thing. Now I know where the “face” is, of course, I can’t not see it.

    (But why does Jesus have pigtails??)

  11. August 28, 2008 at 11:36 pm —

    Amanda beat me to it — Rasputin.

  12. August 28, 2008 at 11:53 pm —

    that is obviously Rob Zombie.

  13. August 29, 2008 at 12:04 am —

    Nostradamus. Or Santa Claus.
    A really, really evil Santa Claus. With the pit from a bug burrowing into his forehead during one of his supersonic trips around the world to deliver presents to all of the children that believe in him, carefully skipping the ones that don’t.

  14. August 29, 2008 at 12:26 am —

    Wait a minute…that’s a moth, right? And people are seeing a man on this moth, eh? And no-one has hazarded to guess that this man on a moth might, in fact, be the Mothman?????

    And what’s this in my hand? Oh no…not…

    CHAP-STICK!!

    …the horror…the horror

  15. August 29, 2008 at 12:44 am —

    I see Jesus with pigtails, and what’s that all about?

    As long as it isn’t Jesus with pigtails in a catholic school girl’s uniform, you’re probably ok.

  16. August 29, 2008 at 1:02 am —

    You are all mistaken – that is clearly Genghis Khan.

  17. August 29, 2008 at 1:03 am —

    Not convinced? Look at this picture.

  18. August 29, 2008 at 1:08 am —

    Ummm… Hello? Gilgamesh?

  19. August 29, 2008 at 2:17 am —

    oh my god.
    OH. MY. GOD.
    it’s myself. I see myself.

    no…. wait, wait… no, it’s just Jesus.

  20. August 29, 2008 at 2:18 am —

    The torso of a harem girl. I see a bra, a belly button and a long v-shaped loincloth thingy.

  21. August 29, 2008 at 3:37 am —

    I see a bearded lady wearing doggie-ears.

  22. August 29, 2008 at 6:48 am —

    Yeah, I discovered after I posted this that PZ scooped me. Does that man ever leave his computer?????

    Grrrrrr.

  23. August 29, 2008 at 7:05 am —

    I do not know. I don’t see Jesus, I see PZ Myers???

  24. August 29, 2008 at 7:44 am —

    i saw this on my local new last night. it looks more like ghengis kahn to me. i also saw this last night: Pole Dancing Teacher Sues After Permit Denied

  25. August 29, 2008 at 7:47 am —

    i think this link explains why the ACLU got involved a little better: Pole Dance Instructor Sues For Permit

  26. August 29, 2008 at 8:45 am —

    I see Jimi Hendrix with a super-big afro

  27. August 29, 2008 at 9:05 am —

    Those pointy bits on the head of the moth make it look pretty devilish to me.

  28. August 29, 2008 at 9:18 am —

    I see Eddie! :D

  29. August 29, 2008 at 9:47 am —

    Looks way more like Rob Zombie.

  30. August 29, 2008 at 9:47 am —

    The moth, not the image on the moth.

  31. August 29, 2008 at 10:44 am —

    You’re all wrong, except for Amanda. It is clearly Satan. I mean he’s got a mean face on, bull like horns on the top of his head and some sort of dragon fly wings where his ears should be.

    Yep, Satan indeed!

  32. August 29, 2008 at 10:55 am —

    I see advertising for Doom II.

  33. August 29, 2008 at 10:57 am —

    Charles Manson complete with Swastika smack dab in the middle of the forehead.

  34. August 29, 2008 at 11:17 am —

    1) I see Jesus with pigtails, and what’s that all about? and 2) it pops back to the praying girl as soon as I stop concentrating on it.

    So, it’s a girl… And also it’s Jesus… with pigtails.

    Who do we know who sometimes wears pigtails? That’s right, none other than Rebecca! Rebecca is Pigtail!Jesus. Pass it on.

  35. August 29, 2008 at 11:25 am —

    I see Ming the Merciless, too. Or is that George Dubya Bush? Maybe Worf? Nawww, it’s Quark!

    No, I’ve got it! It’s Michael Jackson!

  36. August 29, 2008 at 12:23 pm —

    Is this like and ink blog test? I never was good at those. I keep looking at it, I’ve looked at the above picture, I’ve looked at other sites.

    I’m not getting Jesus, I’m not seeing Ming the Merciless or Charles Manson or Khan.

    The only image that I can get out of that moth is Ernie.

    Rubber Duckie, you’re the one
    You make bathtime lots of fun
    Rubber Duckie I’m awfully fond of you

  37. August 29, 2008 at 1:46 pm —

    Joshua:

    “Who do we know who sometimes wears pigtails? That’s right, none other than Rebecca! Rebecca is Pigtail!Jesus. Pass it on.”

    Mmmmmmm… Rebecca in pigtails. [drools]

    Uh, I’m sorry…what were we talking about?

  38. August 29, 2008 at 3:54 pm —

    ROB ZOMBIE. Most def.

  39. August 29, 2008 at 4:01 pm —

    Mmmmmmm… Rebecca in pigtails.

    Uh, I’m sorry…what were we talking about?

    Uh…I forgot.

    “If yah need me, I’ll be in my bunk.” – Jayne, “FireFly”

  40. August 30, 2008 at 12:53 am —

    Mmmmmmm… Jesus in pigtails…

    Oh, sorry – what?

    Nothing.

  41. September 2, 2008 at 3:29 am —

    Skeptigator called it.

    Charles Manson. But Chuck with cute little pigtails.

    Maybe he’s trying to infiltrate the Beach Boys as a groupie…

  42. September 2, 2008 at 8:26 am —

    Looks more like Osama Bin Laden.

  43. November 27, 2011 at 7:38 pm —

    Hmn, I don’t see a face at all! Maybe that’s just my prosopagnosia (faceblindness). Then again, maybe that’s just because —

    there isn’t one. (-:

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