Just found out that the reason a moth will circle around a lightbulb or a naked flame is that it utilizes the light of the moon when it navigates; thinking it is turning left it actually turns right in a steep curve – edging closer and closer to its point of reference.
Thus dies the romantic notion of Ikarus-proportions, that the moth seeks light, and that it`s attraction to light causes its demise.
In Clive Barker`s epic novel
feeds live moths to a pyre he has made, telling the hero, then a young impressionable brat – “living or dying we all feed the fire…” – the moth and the fatalistic motto is a constellation which functions well when we do not think of the scientific facts, but fades in glory. The Moth crashes into lightbulbs, windowpanes and some rare times into flames – because its natural envoirment has changed, and it is unable or unwilling to compensate for this.
There is a lesson to be learned there too.