In the end, the moth was removed with tweezers.
Wade Scholte of Parker, southeast of Denver, says the moth crawled into his ear Sunday night after he fell asleep. He awoke screaming and crying.
After trying to remove the moth at home, the boy headed to the emergency room with his mother.
The doctors numbed Wade's ear and then tried drowning the moth to kill it. Finally they used tweezers and pulled it out alive.
According to KUSA-TV, doctors put the moth in a cup to give the boy as a keepsake.