Ro Contact Home

Facebook Twitter
  <<<< Back

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 and 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.

Diet Moth

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.

Caracteristici Moth

Like other insects, moths have bodies with three divisions. The head includes the antennae, eyes, and mouth parts. The thorax includes two pairs of wings and three pairs of legs. The abdomen, with eight or nine distinct segments, contains breathing pores and digestive and reproductive organs.

Have a highly developed sense of smell. The organs of smell are the antennae, which are probably also used for hearing. The adult has two compound eyes; they are made up of thousands of hexagonal (six-sided) lenses and resemble miniature honeycombs.

The principal mouthpart is a long tube called the proboscis, used for sucking nectar from flowers. When not in use, the proboscis curls up under the head. Two groups of moths lack the proboscis; one group has chewing mouthparts and the other has no mouthparts at all. [2]

The legs are long and slender and can be used only for crawling. The two pairs of wings, the fore wings and the hind wings, consist of membranous tissue supported by a network of tiny hollow tubes called veins. The pattern of these veins varies from species to species. In butterflies, the fore and hind wings are held together by an enlargement of the veins at the base of the wings. The wings of moths are held together by a wide array of coupling mechanisms. In many species, a hook on the front part of the hind wing holds the two sets of wings together in flight.

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.

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.

Reproduction Moth

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.

The moth has numerous natural predators throughout the world that include birds, bats, reptiles, amphibians, rodents and even other insects and larger spiders. [3]

Pictures Moth

poza caine poza caine poza caine poza caine
poza caine poza caine poza caine poza caine
poza caine poza caine poza caine poza caine
poza caine poza caine

Did you know Moth..

  • Madagascan Sunset is considered one of the most impressive and most beautiful moths.
  • Thysania agrippina have the largest moth wings opening.
  • Attacus atlas is the largest moth.
  • In some species of moth ears are located on the abdomen.

  • References


  • semn!