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This is a page for Cross-referencing Mothman sightings and the reported attributes of the creature to better determine what The Mothman might look like in appearance.

hu·man·oid ˈ(h)yo͞oməˌnoid/ adjective

1. having an appearance or character resembling that of a human.

noun

1. (especially in science fiction) a being resembling a human in its shape.

Cross-referencing Mothman's Attributes In The Original 1966-1967 sightings:

-7. Point Pleasant Woman's Mothman Sighting

  • Tall gray figure with folded wings
  • Suddenly appeared in the road ahead
  • Practically filled the whole road
  • Took off, straight up
  • No red eyes mentioned
  • No arms mentioned
  • No head mentioned
  • No legs mentioned

-6. Ohio Woman's Mothman Sighting

  • An angel: A man with wings
  • No red eyes mentioned
  • "Man with wings" implies possible head, arms and legs

-5. Other Ohio Woman's Mothman Sighting

  • 6 foot long thing soared past very rapidly
  • Resembled a "giant butterfly"
  • No red eyes mentioned
  • No arms mentioned
  • No head mentioned

-4. Mississippi Mothman Sighting

  • Flying humanoid seen at low altitude
  • Man-shaped thing in the sky
  • No red eyes mentioned
  • No wings mentioned
  • "Man-shaped" implies vaguely like a man's silhouette
  • Possible head, arms and legs

-3. National Guardsmen's Mothman Sighting

  • Brown humanoid figure
  • Perched in a tree
  • No red eyes mentioned
  • No wings mentioned
  • "Humanoid" implies vaguely human looking
  • No head mentioned
  • No arms mentioned
  • No legs mentioned

-2. Kenneth Duncan's Mothman Sighting

  • Brown creature lifted off beyond the trees
  • Man-like figure
  • Glided low over their heads
  • It was no bird, it was a humanoid
  • No red eyes mentioned
  • No wings mentioned
  • No arms mentioned
  • No head mentioned
  • No legs mentioned

-1. Newell Partridge's Sighting

  • TV blanked out
  • Herringbone pattern
  • Loud high pitch whining noise
  • Sounded like a generator winding up
  • Red moving lights
  • Didn't see creature, only eyes/lights
  • Merle said that when he aimed a flashlight at the creature in a nearby field its eyes would light up "like bicycle reflectors"
Moth173

Sketch by Roger Scarberry 1966

Moth71

Forensic Sketch based on Linda's sighting by David E. Weaver on MonsterQuest.

0. The Scarberry and Mallette's Mothman Sighting

  • Two giant circular fiery red eyes
  • Humanoid creature: Like a man with wings
  • 7 feet Tall
  • No arms mentioned or drawn in original sketch
  • They were unsure if it had a head, but probably not
  • Unknown color
  • Didn't run but wobbled to keep balance
  • Wings folded against back
  • Spread its wings before flying
  • Flew straight up
  • Traveled over 100 mph
  • "You could see muscles in its legs" - Linda Scarberry
  • "It squeaked like a big mouse" - Mary Mallette
  • "It seems like it doesn’t want to hurt you. It just wants to communicate with you" - Linda Scarberry

1. Marcella Bennett's Mothman Sighting

  • Man's legs
  • Covered in grey feathers
  • Head sunken into the shoulder area
  • "Shoulders" imply that it also had arms?
  • No red eyes seen
  • Over six feet tall
  • Loud flapping wings as he flew off
  • shuffled onto the porch
  • peered into the windows
  • "It just looked like a giant bird but yet, a man and it was standing with his shoulders [arched] and its neck down"

2. Paul Yoder and Benjamin Enochs's Mothman Sighting

  • "definitely a bird with big red eyes..huge..never seen anything like it."
  • No arms mentioned
  • No head mentioned
  • No legs mentioned

3. Couple's Mothman Sighting

  • Large bird
  • Wingspread was wider than their truck
  • Flew over their truck
  • Landed in a tree and then flew
  • No red eyes mentioned
  • No arms mentioned
  • No head mentioned
  • No legs mentioned

4. Howard Miller's Mothman Sighting

  • Bird
  • 4 feet tall
  • Red halfmoons under his eyes
  • landed on a school bus
  • No arms mentioned
  • No legs mentioned
  • No head mentioned

5. Brenda Jones's Mothman Sighting

  • Saw Mothman
  • Details not given

6. Richard West's Mothman Sighting

  • "Batman"
  • 6 feet tall
  • Wingspread of 6 or 8 feet
  • Great big red eyes
  • Sitting on a roof
  • Flew Straight up, just like a helicopter
  • No arms mentioned
  • No legs mentioned
  • No head mentioned

7. Tom Ury's Mothman Sighting

  • Tall gray man like figure standings in a field 
  • Suddenly spread a pair of wings
  • Estimated wingspan 10 to 12 feet, give or take on either end up to 15.
  • Took off straight up like a helicopter
  • Came up over the trees
  • Flew like a huge bird creature
  • Veered over convertible and began going in circles three telephone pole high
  • Flew over seventy five miles per hour chasing car
  • No red eyes mentioned
  • No arms mentioned
  • No head mentioned
  • "man like figure standing in a field" implies legs

8. Ruther Foster's Mothman Sighting

  • Mothman 
  • Bird 
  • Tall with big red eyes that popped out of its face.
  • 6'1 feet tall
  • "'It had a funny little face"
  • "I didn't see any beak"
  • Standing on lawn beside porch
  • No arms mentioned
  • "Standing on lawn" implies legs

9. Marvin Shock and Ewing Tilton's Mothman Sighting

  • Four large birds
  • Sat in bare trees and flew about the area in daylight
  • Four to five feet tall
  • Wings spread about 10 feet or more
  • Breasts were charcoal gray; backs were dark brown with light flecks
  • Eyes could not be described
  • Reddish cast to their heads
  • Bills were straight and 5 to 6 inches long
  • No arms mentioned
  • No legs mentioned

10. Women and Thirteen year old child's Sighting

  • Two glowing red eyes
  • 6 feet tall
  • Feathered being
  • No wings mentioned
  • No arms mentioned
  • No legs mentioned
  • No head mentioned

11. Connie Carpenter's Mothman Sighting

  • Large man in gray
  • 10 feet wings suddenly unfolded
  • Took off straight up and headed for her car
  • Flew directly at her windshield, then veered off and disappeared
  • "Those eyes! They were very red and once they were fixed on me I couldn't take my own eyes off them"
  • No arms mentioned
  • No legs mentioned
  • No head mentioned
Moth70

Forensic Sketch based on Faye's sighting by David E. Weaver on MonsterQuest.

12. Faye Dewitt-Leport

  • Mothman
  • Whiteish and sandy
  • Had the features of a human
  • No beak
  • Giant red eyes that went up to a point and grabbed full attention
  • Ran alongside car up to 50 mph
  • Kept up with car around sharp turns
  • Jumped on the hood of the car and looked at them through the windshield
  • Able to leap the height of a tall building in a single jump without flying
  • Sat down and crouched like a gargoyle
  • Spread its wings for the first time and flew off into the darkness
  • 5,6 feet wingspan
  • No arms mentioned but arms drawn in sketch
  • Eyes took up entire face, possibly implying head
  • Head drawn in sketch

13. Everett Wedge's Mothman Sighting

  • Enormous dark colored bird flying above
  • Winged form
  • About 300 feet elevation
  • Traveling at about 70 miles per hours without flapping its wings
  • "It was big enough that it could pick me or you up and probably carry us away, that's how big it was"
  • No red eyes mentioned
  • No arms mentioned
  • No head mentioned
  • No legs mentioned

14. Four Women's Mothman Sighting

  • Giant bird
  • "The usual Mothman description"
  • Details not given

15. Group's Mothman Sighting

  • Glowing red eyes
  • Heard loud metallic noise
  • Saw a humanoid figure
  • The creature disapeared
  • The sound caused ears bleeding, possibly from change in pressure

16. Katluyn Beaver's Mothman Sighting

  • Something flew over car
  • Details not given

17. Loretta Faye Campell's Mothman Sighting

  • "I don't know, I was looking at it in the sky, then all of a sudden it just sort of sank right into the trees, you know and it kind of moved around a little and it looked like, you know, it was trying to get a way"
  • "I just kind of froze. It was terrifying. That was the last we seen of him and that was enough"
  • No wings mentioned
  • No red eyes mentioned
  • No arms mentioned
  • No legs mentioned
  • No head mentioned

18. Mabel McDaniel's Mothman Sighting

  • Brown
  • Wingspread of at least 10 feet.
  • "I thought I could see two legs..like men's legs..hanging down from it."
  • "Didn't seem to have a head or neck"
  • No red eyes mentioned
  • No arms mentioned

19. Elderly Businessman's Mothman Sighting

  • Mothman
  • Standing on front lawn in full sight one night
  • Over 6 feet tall
  • Gray figure
  • Flaming eyes
  • Birdman
  • "Standing on front lawn" implies legs
  • No arms mentioned
  • No head mentioned
  • Flew off like some gargoyle out of a Grade-B science fiction movie

Conclusions:

(Eleven Sightings) Mentioned Red Eyes Directly:

-1, 0, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 15, 19

(Twelve Sightings) Didn't Mention Red Eyes At All:

-7, -6, -5, -4, -3, -2, 1, 3, 7, 13, 17, 18,

Conclusion: It was about half and half on whether the original witnesses saw the red eyes or not.

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(Eighteen Sightings) Mentioned Wings Directly:

-7, -6, -5, -2, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19

(Four Sightings) Didn't Mention Wings At All:

-4, -3, 10, 17

Conclusion: Most of the original witnesses mentioned the creature's wings. It can be said that the one's that didn't sort of implied it with phrases like "Flying humanoid", "Perched in a tree", "Feathered being" or "In the sky". If Mothman was real, he clearly had wings.

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(Three Sightings) Mentioned Legs Directly:

0, 1, 18

(Twelve Sightings) Didn't Mention Legs At All:

-7, -3, -2, 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 10, 11, 13, 17

Conclusion: Most of the original witnesses didn't mention legs directly, only implying through words like "standing", "Man", Man-like" or "Humanoid". The three that mentioned legs directly were The Scarberry and Mallettes, Linda Scaryberry's Mother Mabel McDaniel and Marcella Bennett. They all described the legs as "muscular legs" or "Men's legs" which would imply that the creature's legs were human legs and not bird legs.

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(No Witness) Mentioned Arms Directly:

None

(Nineteen Witnesses) Didn't Mention Arms At All:

-7, -5, -3, -2, 0, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19

Conclusion: None of the original Mothman witnesses mentioned arms directly so its safe to say that based on this, he probably wouldn't have arms, human or otherwise. Although, you could make the argument that some of these sightings possibly imply arms with the use of words like "Man", "Man-like" or "Humaniod".

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(Two Witnesses) Mentioned A Head Directly:

1, 9

(Fifteen Witnesses) Didn't Mention A Head At All:

-7, -5, -3, -2, 0, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 17, 19

(One Witness) Mentioned Directly That There Was No head:

18

Conclusion: Most of the original Mothman witnesses did not one mention the creature having a head and one of the witnesses, Mabel McDaniel, specifically said that the creature did not have a head. Only two of the original Mothman witnesses mentioned the creature having head directly.

Of those two sightings, one was Marvin Shock, who witnessed several Mothman-like birds with heads. The other sighting was Marcella Bennett. She mentioned that the head was arched down. This could possibly mean that instead of a lowered head it was actually the eyes set in the chest. Either Marvin Shock and Marcella Bennett are both mistaken or everyone except for them is mistaken. The Scarberry and Mallettes also struggled with determining if it the creature had a lowered head or no head at all.

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Overall Conclusion:

In the original 1966-1967 Mothman sightings, Most of the witnesses saw the creature's wings and about half of the witnesses saw the creature's red eyes. No one directly mentioned the creature ever having arms but several saw muscular human legs. A couple mentioned a head but others specifically said the creature did not have a head whatsoever.

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