Mothman “reappears” coincidentally close to the 50th anniversary date

A man driving along State Route 2 in West Virginia near Point Pleasant, legendary home of the bad omen, Mothman, says he captured pictures of the creature. The local news covered the story.

Man photographs creature that resembles legendary ”Mothman” of Point Pleasant | WCHS

He said he stopped when he saw something jumping from tree to tree and was able to snap a few pictures in the dusk.



The man declined an on-camera interview, but was adamant the pictures had not been doctored. He said he recently moved to Point Pleasant for work and didn’t even know about the legend.

Homage to the Mothman. He is no longer thought to be a bad omen as much as a means to bring tourists to town.

Homage to the Mothman. He is no longer thought to be a bad omen as much as a means to bring tourists to town.

Really? He stopped to photograph this, called it into the news station and wasn’t aware of the most famous thing about Point Pleasant? The Mothman festival took place in September and November 12th was the 50th anniversary of the first sighting in 1966 when some men digging a grave saw a figure overhead. Then, the huge story erupted when several people claimed to have had a face to face encounter with the creature while in their car. There is a Mothman museum and a garish, hard to miss statue in the town. Let’s just say I’m doubtful of his story that he knew nothing of the legend.

There are no other details of the picture other than it was taken with a cell phone. Though he reported he took the picture on the evening of the 20th, the trees look a bit full for this time of year – a location and exact time of the event are necessary to make any judgements about his story. But that doesn’t matter to some people around town. As seen in the news clip, people are more than happy to assume the absurd tale of a man-sized flying creature is genuine with the most meager of evidence – eyewitnesses saying so.

Many more natural explanations have been proposed for this latest shadowy sighting which resembles this terrible hoax of the “Jersey Devil”. However, this one could very well be a real animal – a bird, perhaps an owl, carrying a frog or snake away.

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It obviously looks nowhere near man-sized. It could be that the photographer took lucky shots of a bird and passed it off as the Mothman to see how gullible the news media would be. Many people do this for a laugh, they don’t need their names associated with it. Or it is a completely hoaxed setup, always plausible. People do weird things for kicks.

We can’t tell for sure what it is, but there is zero reason to suspect it is the Mothman as described in legend. There are too many far more reasonable explanations.

There is no good written history of the story of the Mothman. Two sources, Wamsley and Coleman, repeat the stories but don’t investigate the context, leaving just an urban legend that made the town infamous. John Keel in his book, The Mothman Prophecies, enhanced the aspect of the sightings being harbingers of doom.


Interesting resemblance indeed. (Thanks Marcus Good)

Interesting resemblance indeed. (Thanks Marcus Good)

  9 comments for “Mothman “reappears” coincidentally close to the 50th anniversary date

  1. Bob Jase
    November 23, 2016 at 9:59 AM

    You know, if the original descriptions of Moth Man actually said it looked like this….

    but myths & legends evolve faster than biological organisms.

  2. Tom
    November 23, 2016 at 11:32 AM

    A fallen leaf on the windshield or side window of a car?

  3. idoubtit
    November 23, 2016 at 11:45 AM

    It appears differently in three pictures.

  4. Bob Jase
    November 23, 2016 at 1:00 PM

    More evidence that moth man is a shape shifter!

  5. Tom
    November 23, 2016 at 2:56 PM

    Yes, but only one looks anything like a man and that is the supposed “mothman.”

  6. Hiram
    November 24, 2016 at 2:23 AM

    My initial impression was that it was a flying fox, but the flight behavior of the creature doesn’t seem to resemble that of megabats.

    In any case, even if the “Mothman” legend were true, it’s obvious that this “bad omen” flew in a bit too late, as Donald Trump has already happened.

  7. Niall Forrester
    November 28, 2016 at 2:16 AM

    Just a thought – the pictures of the thing in flight match the shape/stance of the statue quite closely

  8. Steve
    November 29, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    I’m convinced. There’s nothing more conclusive than a blurry set of pics of what is totally not a toy being thrown through the air.

  9. Tony
    November 30, 2016 at 1:25 PM

    Judging by the legs I’m going to go with Torgo of “Manos: Hands of Fate” but with wings.

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