15 Moth Facts for Kids
Moths are a flying insect that belong to the Lepidoptera order.
It’s estimated there are 160,000 species of months worldwide, with many species yet to be described.
A Moth is not butterfly, the difference between a moth and a butterfly is vague. Moths antennas are usually feathery and don’t have a ball on the end.
There are far more species of moths than butterflies. There are nine species of moths for every one butterfly species.
Most moth species are nocturnal (active at night), but some are considered crepuscular (active during twilight) and diurnal (active during the day).
Moths are great at avoiding predators by mimicking other insects, like praying mantises, tarantulas and wasps.
There are some species of flowers that heavily depend on moths for pollination.
A female moth can produce anywhere between 40 to 1,000 eggs in a lifetime.
Some species of moths are considered pests. The corn borer or bollworm is moth larva that can damage crops. Some moth larva can eat fabric and damage clothing.
Moth balls are used to protect clothing from moth larva.
gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar)
has a range that extends to Africa, Europe and North America.
hummingbird moth (Hemaris thysbe)
is often confused with a hummingbird due to its appearance and behavior.
luna moth (Actias luna)
doesn’t have a mouth to feed, an adult luna moth lives about a week. With the sole purpose to mate and/or lay eggs.
cerocpia moth (Hyalophora cecropia)
is the largest native moth in North America. Female cerocpia moths have been recorded with a wingspan between 5 and 7 inches.
A male giant silkworm moth can detect a female up to seven miles away.
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A photo of a gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar).
A photo of the beautiful hummingbird moth.
A photo of a luna moth (Actias luna).
Resources for more Facts About Moths
Seven Things You Don't Know About Moths
– Seven things you didn't know about moths, but maybe you should!
– Learn more about moths on the Smithsonian website.
Moths - Wikipedia
– Discover more amazing facts about moths on the Wikipedia website.