There are some insects that you know quite a bit of information about. Most of the time insects that we see on a regular basis we end up hearing information or researching some information about eventually. Then there are some insects that we simply do not know that much about. One of the insects that A Five Star Termite & Pest Control has found that many people do not know much about is moths. Today we want to take some time to share some interesting facts about moths with you.
How Many Moth Species are There?
There are more moths in the world than most of us realize. Here in the United States there are more than 11,000 species of moths. That number only increases as you keep looking throughout the entire world. You may be surprised to know that moths outnumber butterflies by more than 10 to 1. Butterflies are the nearest relative to the moth.
How Big is the Biggest Moth?
Moths range in size depending on what species you encounter. Some moth species are no bigger than the tip of your pencil. Larger moth species are bigger than songbirds. The largest moth on record was found in Southwest Asia. It had a wingspan of almost twelve inches!
Are Moths Nocturnal?
When you think about moths you probably picture them flying around in the evenings. Many people mistakenly think that moths are nocturnal. Moths are actually active during all times of day and night. Each different species and environment will impact the sleep and wake patterns of the moth.
What Does a Moth Use to Smell?
Even though moths do not have noses they have an outstanding sense of smell. They use chemical cues in the environment to “smell.” They have highly sensitive receptors on their antennae that help them smell. Male moths can detect a female moth’s sex hormone from up to seven miles away. Scientists have done tons of studies on just how far moths will fly to catch the girl of their dreams.
What Do Moths Mimic?
Moths are frequently looked at as delicious food options by many other insects, birds, bats, frogs, lizards, and more. Moths are quite brilliant when it comes to avoid being eaten. They can mimic their surroundings to stay safe. They can mimic caterpillars, tree bark, wasps, tarantulas, praying mantis, bird droppings, and more.
Why Do Some Moths have No Mouths?
Certain species of moths are born without a mouth. Without a mouth they are unable to eat. They emerge from their cocoons to simply die not long afterwards. They purpose of their life is simply to mate and lay eggs. Many moths live for only one week.
What are Moths Most Attracted To?
Another interesting fact is what will attract moths. Moths are attracted to some crazy things! Many people know that moths are attracted to light but did you know that they are also attracted to ripe bananas, molasses, and stale beer? If you do not believe us simply try putting those things outside and see what happens.
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If you do end up with moths at your house what do you do about them? Here at A Five Star Termite & Pest Control we know exactly what to do to get rid of the whatever moth species that are flying around your house. Give us a call today so that we can come and help you.