|This Imperial Moth (Eacles imperialis) showed up at the Red House Garden awhile back. The picture doesn't do it justice - this thing was enormous!|
|A moth that was attracted to my porch light|
|Here are two examples of moths that fly during the day:|
TOP: Snowberry Clearwing moth (often called the Bumblebee moth)
BOTTOM: Hummingbird Clearwing moth
Like previously mentioned, most moths are nocturnal. And, unlike butterflies, most moths have thick and fuzzy bodies. They also don't have little knobs at the end of their antennae like butterflies.
|moth attracted to my porch light|
|a resting moth|
Are moths pests?
Moths are actually very beneficial. They are important as pollinators, and they are a large part of the food chain. Also it is the silk moth (Bombyx mori) that produces silk. These creatures that are so rarely noticed do deserve a little love and respect!
Now moth caterpillars, on the other hand, are a very different story as we gardeners know...