I couldn’t identify this moth, but does it matter? Do we always have to name things to make them valuable? We usually think of insects as pests, but in truth the world is enriched by them. Nectar hunters pollinate, ants aerate the soil, some insects clean up after the dead and others bring life by feeding the hungry in parts of the world. We could not do without them.
Moths and butterflies are both classified in the order Lepidoptera of which 89 to 94 percent are moths.
- Antennae: Moth’s are thin or often feathery, butterflies’ have rounded clubs on the ends
- Body: Moths tend to be thick and fuzzy, butterflies, thin and smooth
- Color: Moths are usually dull, and butterflies are colorful
- Wings: Moths typically hold their wings flat when resting, butterflies hold them vertical. So what’s up with this moth? I believe he was trying to dry his wings out.
- Behavior: Moths are creatures of the night, butterflies like the day.
Not all of these distinctions are absolute, for example there are moths that are active during the day.
Attraction to light: The exact reason moths are attracted to light is unknown, but possibility is that moths use a technique of celestial navigation called transverse orientation – that is they navigate by the light of the moon or stars and become confused when they see artificial lights.
- The Hawk moth (Sphinx) is the worlds fastest flying insect attaining speed of over 50 k
- The Luna moth is born without a mouth … it never eats or drinks
- Some male moths can smell the pheromones females release (with their antennae) up to 8 kilometers away
- Moths (and butterflies) have thousands of tiny scales and hair that cover their wings (not dust)
- Moths can see ultra violet light
- Atlas moths (Saturniidae) are the largest known, with wingspans as large as 12 inches
This is the last of the 30 bugs, I have enjoyed the journey.