Moth Lamp

Moth Lamp

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Added Sep 24, 2018 at 03:06PM EDT by Adam.

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Moth Lamp refers to jokes about moth insects that are strongly attracted to the glowing light produced by a lamp. The memes saw a surge in popularity after a photo of a giant moth widely circulated within various communities on Reddit during the summer of 2018, spawning image macros which bore similarities to the Cats Wanting Fruit Loops and Brother, May I Have Some Oats series.


On July 14th, 2018, Redditor No_Reason27[2] posted a picture of a moth outside their window, gaining over 33,000 points (shown below).

Posted by u/No Reason27 2 months ago 33.0k Close up of moth outside my window


After the image was posted, jokes about moths being attracted to lamps began appearing in various subreddits. For example, on July 29th, 2018, a comic with the punchline was posted to /r/SurrealMemes, gaining over 11,900 points (shown below, left). On August 9th, Redditor Supernova008 posted the original moth to /r/bossfight, gaining over 300 points (shown below, right). A subreddit for moth-related memes was created and gained over 2,000 subscribers.[3]

07 CAN I HELP YOU FIND ANYTHING ? Molduras en Inventoano Plumo Kite meme CAN I HAVE UHH.. UHHH. LAMP ? THE LAMP HAS BEEN SUMMONED NO BULB y'all got any f----- lamps?

On September 21st, Redditor lbcacm[1] posted a video of a giant moth trapped in his house to /r/WTF, gaining over 30,000 points.

Evil moth from r/WTF

This led to a surge in moth memes, many of which used texts similar to the "Cats Wanting Fruit Loops" and "Brother May I Have Some Oats" memes. For example, Redditor Forky7 posted an example to /r/dankmemes that gained over 6,700 points (shown below, left). A post to /r/memeeconomy by TittenTatten using the Guys Literally Only Want One Thing template gained over 13,000 likes (shown below, right). The surge in moth-related memes led to an inquiry on /r/OutOftheLoop[4] about the memes.

*slaps tummy* it fit many lämp bröther Ash @ashcammm Moths literally only want one thing and it's f------ disgusting 2017-10-22, 1:56 AM The Låmp


In late September, similar memes featuring bats who hunt moths began circulating on Imgur, many of which used a similar format to the moth memes (shown below).

YALL GOT ANY MORE OF THEM TASTY MOTHSP *slaps tummy* lt fit many möth, bröther

Meanwhile, similar beaver-themed variations began circulating on /r/me_irl and Instagram, featuring images joking about the semiaquatic rodent's passionate desire for tree logs (shown below).

Kenny Loggins Sänger What does this mirror do, professor? It shows us nothing more or less than the deepest, most desperate desire of our hearts Log
Beavers Memes @campgoodboy Moths Sign in (-> Log in → @rollervader

Various Examples

What does this mirror do, professor? t shows us nothing more or less than the deepest, most desperate desire of our hearts YA'LL GOT ANY UHHHH UHHH LAMPS Do u want anyfing from IKEA lamp Moth: that looks like a nice lamp in that house m gonna stop you right there Her: he's probably thinking about other girls... Him: Lamp Lamps are f----- CHANGE MY MIND

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External References

[1] Reddit – /r/WTF

[2] Reddit – No_Reason27

[3] Reddit – /r/mothmemes

[4] Reddit – /r/OutOfTheLoop

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