Moths live in different countries all around the world. In the United States alone, there are over 12,000 species of moths.
Most moths live for 2 to 11 months. This period of time consists of the entire life span from the larval stage to the adult state.
When moths do eat, most of them sip nectar from flowers. Other moths feed from the damp or muddy areas around streams and puddles, which scientists believe are good sources of minerals. Others sip the liquids from fermenting or rotting fruit or are drawn to the wounds in trees that dribble sap. Some
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.
According to Wildlife Journal Junior, a moth is an insect, so it has six jointed legs. Its body has three parts: a head, thorax and an abdomen. All its legs are located on the thorax.
The army cutworm, or "miller" moth, is attracted to light sources. Indian meal moths are attracted to dry food sources that are unsealed. Clothes moths are not attracted to light and are found in dark places in the home. Moth traps containing pheromones attract this type of moth.
A few species of moths ingest plants that contain cardenolides, a group of poisons that affect the heart muscle and are dangerous to humans when eaten. Otherwise moths are harmless. Moths do not bite or sting, and they have many beneficial effects on the ecosystem.
The most effective way to get rid of moths is to combine various methods to ensure removal of both adults and larvae. Locate the main area of infestation, and use traps to eliminate adults. Vacuum regularly to clean up the larvae, wash everything stored in the area, and clean the affected area thoro
Moths are identified based on the time of year they are found; where they are found; their general shape at rest; the color, pattern, size, and shape of their wings; and sometimes by the food that they eat. They are usually most active at night, unlike butterflies.
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.