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The image of Jesus on a moth? An expert weighs in

We have answers tonight about that mysterious moth that some east Texans said they saw the face of Jesus in. The story aired all across the country.

And we've heard from many people with their theories about the moth, and what they see or don't see.

KLTV 7's Courtney Lane sat down with an expert who weighs in, as well as other east Texans who've caught this same type of moth.


The little guy sure got a lot of attention.While some people don't see anything, others are still buzzing about what they do see.

"Some people said the devil, some people said Jesus, and some people said Rob Zombie," said Kirk Harper.

"You can see Garfield...right off the bat I saw Jesus," said Wes Stone.

Stone, who lives in Tyler, showed us another moth today. He said he recognized it after seeing our story.

We made a comparison of his and the first one from Pittsburg, and they're very similar.

"That's a very typical color pattern for those moths," said Scott Ludwig.

Ludwig at the AG Research and Extension Center in Overton says it's an imperial moth, very common around here and with similar markings.

"A lot of those features that you see on the moth that they're saying resembles the face, like these eyes, you're going to see that pattern on many of the other moths. The dark beard that's just the abdomen in the dark color," said Ludwig.

That's a scientific opinion, and Kirk Harper thought the pastor had a good take on it as well.

"What he said was really kind of neat that you wouldn't want to worship something that you found like this, but just seeing God's hand in creation, that's cool I think. Regardless if you're a believer or non-believer, it's really neat to see something like that especially on something that is alive," said Harper.

Knowing you can't take it too seriously.

"I could kind of see there being a resemblance of a face but that's as far as I probably want to take it," said Ludwig.

The guys in Pittsburg have put the first moth in a shadow box for all to see.

"He's like our moth now, he's like our little mascot."

The numbers of imperial moths are slowly declining in the northeastern United States.

They come out this time of year in the south to mate.

Courtney Lane, reporting. clane@kltv.com

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