The first “Mothman” reports date from the mid 1960s. Mothman has been seen in many places in Virginia and West Virginia, but the largest number of sightings have happened in or near a place known as “the TNT Area” , which is an abandoned ammunition dump dating from World War II, that is near Point Pleasant, West Virginia.

The TNT Area is mostly forest, dotted with numerous grassy clearings and concrete domes. It is also riddled with abandoned tunnels, most of which have collapsed, been sealed off, or became flooded with water. A wildlife sanctuary adjoins the TNT Area, and the whole region in and near the TNT Area is sparsely populated, with a great deal of nearly impenetrable wilderness. The system of dirt roads in the TNT Area form a popular hang out for hunters, lovers and naughty teenagers.

The Mothman is described as being gray (or possibly brown) in color. It does not wear clothing.  If it does they are tight fitting and exactly the same color as the rest of his body, blending in perfectly with his skin.

The Mothman is described as having an insect-like face and huge red eyes. It’s body appears human in shape, with two notable exceptions, namely wings instead of arms. Only one witness ever saw the face clearly, and she could only say that the details were horrible and monstrous.

Mothman is between four and five feet tall when standing. It can fold its wings and walk with a shuffle that many witnesses compare to a penguin. It flies by unfolding its wings and propelling itself into the air before leveling off to maintain direction. No reports have surfaced of witnessed having seen it’s wings move.

While there is much interest in the Mothman, most in the cryptozoology community has remained disinterested. It is widely believed that Mothman is paranormal in nature, not a cryptid.

Mistaken identity has been suggested as an alternative to the origins of the Mothman’ mystery. Most of these involve sandhill cranes, thunderbirds, or previously unknown varieties of bird or giant bat.