Q:

What do moths eat and drink?

A:

Quick Answer

Most adult moths eat nectar or simply do not feed, and moth larvae feed on many types of foliage and clothing fibers. Adult male moths of the Calyptra genus are capable of feeding on blood.

Continue Reading
What do moths eat and drink?
Credit: Robert Trevis-Smith Moment Getty Images

Full Answer

Clothes moths are infamous household pests due to the ability of larvae to feed on keratinous materials, such as wool or fur. Over time, this causes serious damage to textiles. Damage occurs mostly beneath buttons, around seams and in pockets due to the moth's habit of seeking out dark, recessed spaces. Adult clothes moths lack mouth parts and do not eat at all.

Gypsy moths are a significant pest species in parts of North America. Larval gypsy moths cause extensive damage to the foliage of trees, sometimes resulting in tree death and deforestation. Like clothes moths, adult gypsy moths do not feed.

Adults of the aptly named hummingbird clearwing hover at flowers to sip nectar, like the eponymous bird species. Hummingbird clearwings belong to a larger family, the sphinx moths. While adults are harmless nectar feeders, the larvae of some species are garden pests.

Moths of the genus Calyptra, native to Malaysia and southern Europe, have the nickname of vampire moths. Adult males of this genus possess a proboscis capable of piercing flesh and drawing blood for nourishment. While this behavior causes a sore or itchy spot for the moths prey, Calyptra carry no diseases and are not harmful.

Learn more about Butterflies & Moths

Related Questions

  • Q:

    How do you get rid of a moth larvae infestation?

    A:

    To get rid of clothes moth larvae, keep clothes clean, brush clothing, pack away natural fibers when they are not in use, vacuum regularly and use cedar or lavender repellents. To get rid of pantry moth larvae, clean the kitchen thoroughly, wipe down all containers and store foods in airtight containers.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do you make a homemade pantry moth trap?

    A:

    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 >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is a sphinx moth?

    A:

    The Hiles lineata, or white-lined sphinx moth, is a moth of the Sphingidae family found throughout North American desert regions. It is commonly called the "hummingbird moth" and the "hawk moth" due to its swift, hovering flight pattern.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How long does it take for a moth cocoon to hatch?

    A:

    The amount of time a moth can remain in the pupal stage of development, during which it exists in a cocoon, can vary based of the type of moth. The duration can range from two to four weeks, up to several years.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore