Living With Soccer Moths

The Euro 2016 will be remembered as a stunning upset of France by Portugal.  Even more impressive was the display of moths that flocked in for a closer view.   Both sides were plagued with moths fluttering about their heads, landing on their bodies and settling on the field. Portugal’s hopes dimmed when superstar Ronaldo left with an injury. As he lay on the ground, a moth landed on Ronaldo’s eyelashes. Touched by the moth, Portugal went on to win 1-0. At the award celebration, the moth was included in the team photo with the trophy.

Soccer Moths

Top: Moths Take the Field At Euro 2016 Final Match
Center: Moth Lands On Injured Renaldo
Inset & Bottom: Team Portugal Cheers for Moth At Photo Celebration

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is a retired Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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