Most adult moths eat nectar or simply do not feed, and moth larvae feed on many types of foliage and clothing fibers. Adult male moths of the Calyptra genus are capable of feeding on blood.Know More
Clothes moths are infamous household pests due to the ability of larvae to feed on keratinous materials, such as wool or fur. Over time, this causes serious damage to textiles. Damage occurs mostly beneath buttons, around seams and in pockets due to the moth's habit of seeking out dark, recessed spaces. Adult clothes moths lack mouth parts and do not eat at all.
Gypsy moths are a significant pest species in parts of North America. Larval gypsy moths cause extensive damage to the foliage of trees, sometimes resulting in tree death and deforestation. Like clothes moths, adult gypsy moths do not feed.
Adults of the aptly named hummingbird clearwing hover at flowers to sip nectar, like the eponymous bird species. Hummingbird clearwings belong to a larger family, the sphinx moths. While adults are harmless nectar feeders, the larvae of some species are garden pests.
Moths of the genus Calyptra, native to Malaysia and southern Europe, have the nickname of vampire moths. Adult males of this genus possess a proboscis capable of piercing flesh and drawing blood for nourishment. While this behavior causes a sore or itchy spot for the moths prey, Calyptra carry no diseases and are not harmful.Learn more about Butterflies & Moths
Caterpillars mostly eat plant material, but some eat insects. The caterpillars of clothes moths chew through fabric. When they first hatch, many caterpillars eat their own eggshells. Some species of caterpillars are cannibals.Full Answer >
Monarch butterfly caterpillars are famous for eating milkweed plants. Indeed, monarch and queen butterflies are called "milkweed butterflies" because of the food source for the caterpillars and a nectar source for the adults.Full Answer >
Brown house moths generally consume clothing materials, such as silk, wool, feathers and more. Brown house moths can chew through and destroy clothing quickly, and they prefer to live and feed in dark places. These moths do the most damage when they are in the larval stage, as adult moths do not feed on clothes and household materials, say experts at Orkin.Full Answer >
Woolly bear caterpillars are partial to clover and violets, but like other caterpillars, they start out eating the plant on which their egg has been laid. These plants include trees such as maple and birch. The caterpillars also eat grass, nettles, dandelions and herbs.Full Answer >