According to the Lepidopterists' Society, the average lifespan of an adult moth varies by species. For instance, sphinx moths typically live two to three months, silkworm moths survive only about one week after emerging from their cocoons and yucca moths die within two days.Continue Reading
The Lepidopterists' Society indicates that short-lived moths have brief lives because they have no way to ingest food. They live on stored nutrients. Their entire function as adults is to mate to produce the next generation of moths.
The amount of time moths spend in the earlier stages of their life cycles -- eggs, larvae and pupae -- varies as well. It depends upon climate, habitat and weather conditions, the Lepidopterists' Society states.Learn more about Butterflies & Moths
Each species of moth has its own specific scientific name consisting of the genus and species to which the moth belongs. There are many genuses of moths and over 160,000 species. This is because moths are paraphyletic, meaning they belong to a group containing some descendants of a common ancestor.Full Answer >
Some varieties of moth include the cecropia moth, the luna moth, the hornet moth and the betrothed underwing. The cecropia moth is a large, beautiful, heavy-bodied silkworm moth. It has a wingspan of 5 to 7 inches, which makes it the largest moth in North America.Full Answer >
Moths reproduce when males follow pheromone trails to a receptive female and mate, after which the female lays eggs that hatch into caterpillars, the first stage in the ambulatory portion of the moth's life cycle. Most caterpillars are eaten or die before reaching adulthood, but those that do survive metamorphose into adult moths and fly off in search of mates themselves.Full Answer >
Pantry moth traps rely on pheromones to attract males and cannot be duplicated using readily available household products. To remove the infestation through do-it-yourself means, clean the pantry and discard any contaminated food. Make a sachet filled with bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, eucalyptus leaves, lavender, and peppercorns or wormwood, and leave it in the pantry. The aroma discourages the moths from returning.Full Answer >