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Mothra
Mothra MonsterVerse
General Information
Universe Godzilla
Aliases モスラ (Mosura)
Giant Moth
Classification Titanus mosura
Species Type Titan Moth
Homeworld Earth
Environment Yunnan Rainforest, China
Intelligence Semi-sapient
Biochemistry Carbon-based lifeform
Discovered Unknown; known since the ancient past
Biological Information
Reproduction Asexual; Lays eggs
Average Length 52 feet (15.8 meters)
Average Wingspan 803 feet (244.8 meters)
Locomotion Powered flight
Distinctive Features Blinding glow from bioluminescence
Fur Color White with orange tuft on forehead
Lineage Information
Related Species Amazonian Mothra, Indonesian Mothra
Cultural Information
Alignment Chaotic Good
Personality Benevolent and peaceful
Organization Solitary but in symbiosis with Godzilla
Language(s) Alpha waves, sonar
Affiliation(s) Godzilla
Capital City Temple of the Moth
Leaders Mothra
Sociocultral characteristics
Members Mothra, Queen of Monsters
Scientific Taxonomy
Planet Earth
Domain Eukaryota
Kingdom Animalia
Subkingdom Eumetazoa
Infrakingdom Bilateria
Superphylum Ecdysozoa (Animals that grow by molting an exoskeleton)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Arthropods with six legs)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Subclass Pterygota (Winged insects)
Infraclass Neoptera (Insects that can flex their wings over their abdomens)
Superorder Panorpida (Reduction or loss of the ovipositor)
Order Lepidoptera (Moths and butterflies)
Suborder Glossata (Lepidopteran with a coilable proboscis)
Infraorder Heteroneura
(Lepidopterans with dissimilar wing venation between both sets of wings)
Superfamily Bombycoidea (Silk moths, emperor moths, sphinx moths, and relatives)
Family Saturniidae (Saturniids or Saturn Moths)
Subfamily Saturniinae (Emperor moths)
Genus Titanus
Species mosura
Other Information
Status Critically endangered
Last Sighting 2019
Possible Population 1

Mothra, also less commonly known by its more proper name, the Giant Moth (Titanus mosura) is a massive species of emperor moth indigenous to the Yunnan Rainforest of China. Like the numerous other Titans on Earth, they are critically endangered, with only one known specimen existing at a time. They are in direct symbiosis with the King of Monsters, a giant Godzillasaurus-evolved Titan named Godzilla.

MorphologyEdit

Mothra MonsterVerse Larva

The instar stage of a Mothra.

Mothra begins their lifecycle in a large gelatinous egg that remains dormant until the Earth reaches a certain state of peril, though they can presumably be woken up early through the use of alpha wave generation. Upon emerging their instar form appears as a giant segmented caterpillar. These segments are rounded, ending in a small head in comparison to the rest of the body. They have smaller blue eyes than two related species — the Indonesian Mothra from Infant Island and the South American Mothra from the Amazon Rainforest. Their legs are also larger than these two species. They possess patches that produce bioluminescence throughout the body, normally emitting a soft blue light but changing to a red color when the instar feels threatened, possibly as a defensive scare tactic. If necessary the instar can spit sticky silk from its mouth; while this will incapacitate a fellow Titan, it will seemingly kill humans due to the sheer force it is projected at.

Soon after hatching the instar will crawl under a waterfall and pupate into a cocoon where it will absorb the necessary energy to metamorphose into its imago state.

The imago state is a massive moth. Unlike other Titan Moths they have long hind legs and four forelimbs with one pair being larger than the other. All six end in hooked raptorial claws. Again the head is small in comparison to the white-furred body and is adorned with a tuft of orange fur at the forehead. Their eyes are ovalloid and blue in hue. The antennae are feathery and white, and typically will lay flat against the top of the head.

This stage is best known for its gigantic compound wings, with the front set being significantly larger than the rear set. These wings are covered in intricate patterns of orange, yellow, and black, with large eyespots at the tips of the forewings that represent Godzilla's eyes. These wings emit a blindingly intense bioluminescent glow that shifts in color. The most fascinating technique of the wings is an ability known as the God Rays, concentrated beams of beta-wave bioluminesence emitted directly from the wings patterns. These lights are yellowish-white in color and can be used to completely dispel storm clouds, although they seem to be more often used as a beacon to visually communicate with Godzilla.

Although the species is generally passive, the imago state has several defensive countermeasures at their disposal. Firstly they can still spit sticky silk just as they could in their instar state. Their legs are also useful as makeshift raptorial limbs and can be used to strike at foes. Unlike any other known lepidopteran, this species of Mothra has retained its ovipositor and has modified it into a toxic stinger that, while not outright deadly, can temporarily paralyze a foe.

The Mothra's final defensive countermeasure is perhaps its most unique. As they are not nearly as resilient as the other Titan species, a Mothra will often perform a suicidal attack and upon death, its energy will be directed towards Godzilla to be absorbed by him. This overloads his body and causes him to temporarily produce nuclear pulses and intense heat as if at critical meltdown.

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