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Frank


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Posted: Wed Aug 08, 2007 1:34 pm   Post subject: Is moth wing dust dangerous?


So the other night a moth flew in and was doing it's little spiral dance next to my table lamp. Instead of it ending up as a dried up carcass on my floor I decided to help the little chap out so I grabbed it by its wing and set it outside. Of course then I had moth dust on my fingers.

I wondered whether this dust is dangerous in any way e.g. if you got it in your eye? Seems like a silly question but curiosity has gotten the better of me.




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eileen


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Posted: Wed Aug 08, 2007 2:14 pm   


I don't think it's any more dangerous than any other kind of fine dust you may get in your eyes Frank although I'm no expert on the subject. Very Happy

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toni


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Posted: Wed Aug 08, 2007 2:45 pm   


Actually it is not dust, but scales. The wings of butterflies and moths are covered with them.

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CritterPainter

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Posted: Wed Aug 08, 2007 2:45 pm   


Not unless you have a rare allergy. And just a bit of trivia, ya know those literary references to "fairy dust"? That's where it came from. I always warn children to be careful not to knock off too much fairy dust!

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glendann

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Posted: Wed Aug 08, 2007 3:16 pm   


CritterPainter answered the way I would have Frank.

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Frank


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Posted: Thu Aug 09, 2007 10:34 pm   


Thanks for the answer guys! And the bonus trivia was great Mary Wink

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stratsmom

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Posted: Thu Aug 09, 2007 11:10 pm   


I don't think it's dangerous unless you happen to be the moth that lost your dust!
Deanna
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