moth-erly instincts

On April 26, 2012, I ate between 1 and 4.5 million moth eggs. I’m not sure how many I actually kept down, thus the broad range in estimated consumption.

Immediately after consuming the moth eggs, I texted 2.0. The text read:

I just ate moth larvae.

I sent the text at 12:27 pm. I expected an immediate response.

I got: no response.

moth-erly instincts // movita beaucoup

I messaged the only other person that I thought might be able to help – Katherine.

I just ate moth eggs, and possibly some baby moths. I didn’t know who else to contact about the situation. I have brushed my teeth about a million times, but I’m pretty sure they are going to reproduce in my stomach.

Katherine responded very quickly. She suggested that I find and consume a large bottle of high-proof alcohol, because – and I’m not sure if this is based on any sort of science – moths “… are allergic to that stuff and as soon as it hits ’em, they’re toast.” She also warned me against wearing wool for at least 48 hours. Then she asked: how did this happen, exactly?

My fingers shook as I typed. I told Katherine that I had been eating fancy crackers for lunch. Fancy crackers topped with smoked mussels. And I was happy. So, so happy. But then, as I neared the end of my tasty snack, I saw a… situation in the cracker box. People, I need you to understand just how horrifying it is to learn that the cracker crumbs you have been happily licking off your fingers are, in fact, moth eggs.


moth-erly instincts // movita beaucoup

Still seeking some sort of reassurance, I posted this on my Facebook timeline:

I just ate moth eggs. As in: baby moths. I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO NEXT.

Within seconds, I had a response. Thirty responses, in fact. With useful advice like: a roofie might help you forget this has happened, and avoid lightbulbs. But still nothing from 2.0.

At 5 pm, when there was still no message from 2.0, I began to worry about him. What could possibly be preventing him from getting in touch? Was he trapped under a concrete panel at work, desperately trying to reach his cell phone? Wondering if moths were hatching in my esophagus? Was he fraught with concern, but unable to make contact with me? Etching a message on the bottom of that concrete panel with his fingernails?

No. He wasn’t trapped. He just didn’t think my “situation” was an emergency. At 6:30 pm, 2.0 finally called. He said, “Hey, do you still want me to pick up dinner, or are you too full from eating moths?”

That’ll probably be funny one day.


  1. Bonnie on May 12, 2012 at 10:54 am

    May we use the word “mothy” as an adjective now? I rather like it. Your writing puts a smile on my face, and I am now going to check my raisins……and my crackers, and my flour, and……… wool, my precious wool, not that I eat it, of course, but, well……..

    • movita beaucoup on May 17, 2012 at 8:10 am

      Yes, mothy is now an adjective! And I’ve been learning a lot about pantry moths. Like how airtight containers are a girl’s best friend…


  2. juanitascocina on May 12, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Also, I just turned to my wife and told her your story. Here was her response:

    “Baby, it’s too early for you to be telling me anything like that.”

    • movita beaucoup on May 17, 2012 at 8:11 am

      Maybe that’s why 2.0 didn’t get back to me right away after the consumption incident… it was too early?

  3. thekalechronicles on May 12, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    You do seem to have a lot of adventures with the local fauna, Ms. B. But if those were organic and unsprayed moths, you should be okay. I foresee cakes decorated with moth wings, artistically rendered, of course, maybe in spun sugar.

    • movita beaucoup on May 16, 2012 at 7:34 am

      I’m quite sure the moths were of the organic and unsprayed variety. And you’re right… I’m thinking I need to use this tragedy to springboard into a whole line of moth-related baking…

  4. Melissa on May 12, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    You make me smile. Thank you.

  5. natashia@foodonpaper on May 13, 2012 at 2:55 am

    I might have eaten a worm or two about a year ago. It was only when I got to my last piece of mandarin that I noticed a worm, and he was looking at me, as if to say “why did you eat my family?”. I’ll never know what truly happened and I have to live with that! 🙂

    • movita beaucoup on May 16, 2012 at 7:40 am

      Your comment made me snort coffee out of my nose.

      Enough said.

  6. Sharon on May 13, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Not to make it worse, but those moths are going to have to come out the other end. Be sure to text 2.0 when that happens. 🙂

    • movita beaucoup on May 16, 2012 at 11:49 am

      Thank you, Sharon. For making me even more nervous…

  7. burnttoast on May 13, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    I hate pantry moths. I have a separate freezer to store flours and grains in, which was the only way I could protect my baking stuff here in the humid south. And yes, I statistically have consumed some of them, but I do not want to think about it. I loved the not helpful comments about avoiding wool and beware of light bulbs! Awesome.

    • movita beaucoup on May 17, 2012 at 8:15 am

      I’m thinking about sleeping in our freezer tonight.

      Just in case.

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  9. Rock Salt on May 14, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Hey wait, did we consider the idea that you might become a superhero? You could blind baddies with that weird powdery dust from your wings, and, em… infest their pantries? Also I just read that sentence back and it looked like I might have written something rude, and even though I didn’t it’s making me chuckle now. What were we talking about?

    • movita beaucoup on May 16, 2012 at 7:48 am

      Yes. I am a superhero. Didn’t Spiderman eat a spider to get his super powers? PROBABLY. I’m going to use this to my advantage. I think there’s a gang causing problems down the street. Tonight, we dance…

  10. Amy on May 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    hahah, sorry but 2.0’s comment made me laugh. I’m sure at the time it wasn’t funny at all! Eating moth eggs is a horrible experience and I’m sorry you will now associate fancy food with moths 🙁

  11. movita beaucoup on May 16, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Thanks, Anita! FYI, anytime 2.0 sees a moth – anywhere – he assumes it came out of me. That I’ve belched it out, that it’s the result of a cough, or that it flew out of an ear… sigh.

  12. emma on May 16, 2012 at 11:41 am

    I ate a centipede for five dollars a few years ago. It had weird stringy innards.

    Aside from this, I often find bugs in my produce. &I found a bunch yesterday when cleaning fiddleheads, which is understandable. One such unlucky fellow was a slug who I intended to take outside, but accidentally squished across the countertop. Sorry, buddy.

    • movita beaucoup on May 17, 2012 at 7:54 am

      2.0 and I feel that the comments on this post are better than the actual post.

      Well played.

  13. Eggton on May 16, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    I just read that in Scotland they have “midges.” Do you know what a midge is? You probably would, since it’s a distant cousin of the moth. The only difference is that midges are blood-sucky and smaller. Anyway, when we arrive there in a few days, it’s going to be the height of midge season, which is freaking fantastic, because that means we’ll have double the chance of eating midges by mistake, either in crackers or just by breathing. Maybe I’ll wear some kind of face scarf.

    Anyway, I’m glad Mr. Rutherford is okay, and I hope you were wearing a cape when you saved him. These photos are off the hook, by the way. Especially the first one. That is some serious cupcake photography to be proud of.

    • emma on May 16, 2012 at 4:23 pm

      There are midges here in Maine too. Old men were talking about them in heavy accents last summer, and we thought they were discussing how they kept their lights off at night to keep out the ‘ninjas.’

    • movita beaucoup on May 17, 2012 at 8:07 am

      Emma, that comment made me snort extra hard.

  14. Kita (@passthesushi) on May 16, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    Im dying reading this. Not that I don’t acknowledge that eating months would make me reenact that scene from Ace Ventura where he scrubs in disgust over his recent discovery with much much more drama, but that that is EXACTLY what my boyfriend would do. I would get 20 messages the day before about stupid things he found at Home Depot, but a life endangering moth consuming text from me would go ignored until he could brutally poke fun at me for it.
    Im sorry you ate moths… you will have to let us know if the roofie helped. I would have totally tried the alcohol… just for my sanity.

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  16. wee eats on October 7, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    oh my gosh HOW HORRIFYING!!!! I know bugs are a regular part of life but…. YOU POOR THING!!! Thanks to Shannon @ apt for linking to your story btw 😉

  17. WillCookForFriends on February 6, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    Ha! I know I’m late to the party. but wow, just wow. This sounds so much like something my husband would do (not texting back, that is). And thank you, I am now totally paranoid about every box of crackers / cereal / chips in the house, and will have to dump them all out and pick through them before eating any for fear of ingesting moth larvae. Fun times.

    • movita beaucoup on February 7, 2017 at 5:57 am

      Pantry moths are a bitch. Also, the grocery store is the number one source, so no one is safe. NO ONE.

  18. Karen on February 6, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    Alcohol…. It works every time. You always make my day with your wonderful stories. #Movitarules

    • movita beaucoup on February 7, 2017 at 5:57 am

      Thanks, Karen! #karenrulestoo

  19. Wendy Ellen Thomas on March 31, 2017 at 1:27 am

    I think I remember reading this in 2012. And hey people actually eat larvae in other parts of the world on purpose. They just add a little bbq sauce or something.. I assume. Do you think 2.0 would respond quicker now?
    Also on another note- I just found a print out of my first followers and you were #15- 5 years and 1 month ago. Thank you:)

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