Interesting Moth Facts
obsure facts to common facts
Many females of the Tussock family of moths don't have wings
The Hawk moth (Sphinx) is the worlds fastest flying insect attaining speed of over 50 kph
Moth antennae are either feather like or a hair like filament.
The Cecropia moth is North America's largest insect.
Moths have hairy bodies to help retain internal body temperature necessary for flight.
Quite a few moths fly during the day, such as the Hummingbird Clearwing, Virginia Ctenucha and the Spear-Marked Black.
In colder climates some moths can have a two year life cycle.
Some moth caterpillars, such as the "Io" are covered with stinging hairs.
Moths make up 80 percent of the order lepidoptera.
A small group of moths are called "Bird Dropping" moths because -you guessed it- that's what they resemble when they are at rest.
Moths navigate by two methods. They use the moon and stars when available and geomagnetic clues when light sources are obscured.
Cloth Moths eat such things as wool, fur and other animal products. It is their ability to digest Keratin ....... a protien found in these foods.
Some moths pupate under ground. Such as many of the Sphinx moths.
Moths heat up their flight muscles by vibrating their wings, since they don't have the radiant energy of the sun at their disposal to serve that purpose.
The Luna moth is born without a mouth.....it never eats or drinks.
Hummingbird moths wings beat 70 times per second.
Pellet like caterpillar excrement is called "Frass".
The smallest moths called "micros" have a wingspans of 3 or 4 millimeters.
Male moths have larger antennae than females. Beneficial for detecting the pheromones released by females.
Pheromones can be dispersed through the tibia segment of the leg, scales on the wings or from the abdomin.
The Wooly Bear caterpillar we are all familiar with turns into......the Isabella Tiger Moth.
The Webworm caterpillars go into communal diapause.
Moths are capable of migration but they do so over much smaller distances.
Moths are active at different times of the night depending on species.
Giant Silkworm Moths have a 1 year life cycle.
Wing veins are useful for species identification - kinda like finger prints.
The Clearwing family of moths resemble other flying insects like hornets, wasps and even Hummingbirds.
Cecropia larvae grow to about 4" in length.
Moths can produce as many as 10 broods per year.
Feeding caterpillars can be in such large and concentrated numbers that you can actually hear them eat.
Pheromones released by females can be detected by the males from as much as 8 kilometers away.
*Some of these facts are discussed in more detail within