What Do Moths Eat

Have you seen moths in your yard? You can often talk with people that know all sorts of differences in moths and butterflies, and these differences are usually based upon the way they look and behave. You can certainly see this when they are out in the open, but that is about as far as a lot of the knowledge most people have goes. What do these moths do? Why do they fly towards lights? And, perhaps more importantly, what do these things eat?

Silk Moths
Silk Moths

Important to know a moth’s diet

Why should you care about what moths eat? If you have ever heard of or smelled mothballs, seen a cedar closet, or found other means of repelling moths, you will begin to understand their destructive nature. Knowing what they eat, when they eat it, and what you can do about it can help you make these pests less of a problem.

Adult moths

The first thing you need to know is that moths don’t eat your clothing or whatnot when they become adults. If you see adult moths flying around, then they will have less of a direct impact on your personal possessions because they don’t eat them. Adult moths often eat nothing, but if they do, then it is typically nectar from plants. So what problems do the adults cause you? Ultimately they lay eggs, and it is these eggs that will cause you the problems in the future.

atlas moth
atlas moth

The larvae of the moth is the problem

The eggs of moths will hatch, and when they do, they will turn into larvae that become the harbingers of destruction we all have come to know. The larvae of moths hide in the recesses of darkness in your home, hiding in places where light doesn’t penetrate and, therefore, in places where you are most likely not going to check or see them.

So what it is that they eat?

The larvae of moths will eat clothing, obviously, and they have voracious appetites. They will eat your wool for sure, and like many other insects that hide in your home, they will eat most other clothing as well. They will go beyond that, however, and move to the kitchen for a good feed in your flour-based products. Laying eggs in a sack of flour is a surefire meal for the moth larvae and it is dark as well, two conditions that they find hard to pass up. If it is a grain or a clothing material made out of anything that is natural then watch out, because these bugs will be coming your way!

Moth’s larvae are destructive

Knowing these aspects of the moth can help you prepare more diligently and do what you can to prevent them from harming your food stores as well as your possessions.

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