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Moth

Moth Facts

KingdomAnimalia
PhylumArthropoda
ClassInsecta
OrderLepidoptera
Common NameMoth
Scientific NameGynnidomorpha Alisman
DietHerbivore
Size0.6-30cm (0.2-12in)
Number of Species9,000
Average Life Span40 days
Conservation StatusThreatened
ColourRed, Black, Yellow, Orange, Brown, White
Skin TypeHair
Favourite FoodNectar
HabitatQuiet forests and pastures
Average Litter Size100
Main PreyNectar, Fruits, Natural Fabrics
PredatorsBirds, Bats, Lizards, Spiders
Special FeaturesLong, curled tongue and delicate, patterned wings

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Moth

Moths are found all around the world and are closely related to the colourful butterfly. However, moths are not generally so brightly coloured as the butterfly as the moth is a nocturnal animal and so blends in to the darker surroundings.

There are thought to be up to 250,000 different species of moth throughout the world, and even more are believed to have not yet been discovered. Due to their nocturnal lifestyle, moths are known to be attracted to lights and are even believed to be able to fly in a straight line as the moths use the moon for navigation.

In the same remarkable way as a butterfly, the moth undergoes a stage of metamorphosis during its limited life cycle. The moth caterpillar is different from the butterfly type, it is more broad and some contain a stinger.

As with their butterfly cousins, moths are known to play a vital role in the pollination of plants as they flutter between them. Those plants that flower (bloom) during the night rely solely on moths and also bats to pollinate them. If the moth is distracted by an artificial light, it will in turn affect that reproduction of the plants that it helps to pollinate.

Moths are herbivorous animals and therefore survive on a plant-based diet. Moths predominantly drink the nectar from the plants using their long straw-like tongue and moths are also known to do a similar thing with sugary fruits and berries. The moth caterpillars, also still generally herbivores, eat a mixture of plants and leaves and some species also eat insects.

The moth has numerous natural predators throughout the world that include birds, bats, reptiles, amphibians, rodents and even other insects and larger spiders.

All around the world, both moths and their caterpillars are known to be a pest, particularly to farmers as the caterpillars munch through their crop. Moths are renowned for the larvae becoming a pest by eating through fabrics, the moth seems to mainly go for the delicate silk. Moths are known to make holes in household fabrics like blinds and curtains.