The Aparoid Moth is the fan-named moth-like Aparoid which attacked the Star Fox Team on Fortuna in Star Fox: Assault. It is the first type of Aparoid encountered during the Aparoid Invasion, and apparently the same type which attacked a fleet of Cornerian warships 17 years prior.
The Aparoid appears after Star Fox cripples Andrew Oikonny's flagship, descending out of the sky striking down what remained of the the stubborn monkey's vessel with three blasts from its powerful beam weapon. The team doesn't have much time to ponder whether it is a friend or foe before it engages them, nearly killing Krystal in the process. Peppy Hare and ROB 64 also recognized it as an Aparoid. After the Aparoid Moth had been shot down, Fox was able to recover its Core Memory, just before being chased away by a huge swarm of more Moths. But by Beltino Toad's analysis accounts, the Core Memory they recovered was not complete enough to give out accurate information.
The Aparoid Moth's attacks are many and varied, including firing beams of ring-shaped pulses from spots on its wings, missiles from its mouth, and a fiery beam weapon from its backside which it may either aim directly at the Arwings or use to heat the ground and kick up chunks of molten debris. In order to defeat it, its wings must first be destroyed, after which it will reveal a purple orb within its mouth which must be shot.
- An identical Aparoid is seen in the background viewscreen destroying Cornerian forces while Beltino Toad is talking about the massacre at 8 BLW.
- A possible reason it destroyed Oikonny's ship first was that another Aparoid (or, however unlikely, the same one) had encountered a high ranking Venomian official who knew Andross and how powerful he was. It may have mistaken Oikonny's ship for Andross' (and a threat) which he was neither.
- It may be possible that the Aparoid Moth that destroyed a Cornerian fleet 17 years prior to Star Fox Assault evolved into the Aparoid Queen.
- The Star Fox Team doesn't encounter this particular design of Aparoid anywhere else in the game, so it is also possible that there may be only one of its kind.