We are in the midst of National Moth Week. This week dedicated to the cousin of the butterfly goes until July 31. National Moth Week is held annually during the last full week of July and celebrates the beauty, life cycles and habitats of moths. This week also gives people the opportunity to explore nighttime nature and contribute scientific data about moths. The best pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks has five fun facts about this unique insect for you in celebration of National Moth Week:
When you think of a moth, you probably think of the little light brown flying insects that are attracted to your porch light. They may seem pretty boring. However, to avoid being eaten by other predators, some moths have evolved to look like other insects, such as wasps, praying mantis and even tarantulas.
2. There are an estimated 150,000 to 500,000 different species of moths.
Moths outnumber butterflies, their nearest relative. There are 10 to 15 times more species of moths than butterflies. There are more than 11,000 species of moths in the US alone, which is more than all the bird and mammal species in North America combined.
3. Some adult moths don’t eat.
While some moths are an important part of pollination and eat the nectar of flowers, some don’t eat at all. The adult Luna moth doesn’t even have a mouth, which makes it a little difficult to consume food. After emerging from its cocoon, it lives for a week and its sole purpose is to mate and lay eggs.
Moths vary greatly in size. The Atlas moth has a wingspan of about 10 inches and has a surface area of 62 square inches. It is considered to be the largest moth. On the other hand, the Stigmella maya is a micro-moth. Its wingspan measures just 1.2 millimeters. It was discovered in the Yucatan in Mexico.
5. Some moths are famous.
The death-head hawk moth got its start in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. It then went on to the leading role in both The Silence of the Lambs and The Mothman Prophecies. This famous moth gets its name from the scull-shaped pattern on its back. It is also known to emit a loud squeaking noise when irritated.
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While these insects are pretty interesting, we do not want them in our homes and gardens. Some moths are known for eating fabric and many caterpillars will eat the leaves of your plants. Make sure these flying bugs stay out of your home by using Lake of the Ozarks’ best pest control company. Best Pest Control is here for all your pest control needs. Give us a call at 573-348-1600 if you need us to protect your home from insects.
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