National Moth Week is a global celebration of moths and biodiversity, being held the last week of July.
For 2013, that is July 20-28, 2013. As you know, I love my bugs and reported on last years’ inaugural celebration of these important players in a garden. Recently I have identified a few of my unknown moths and a couple of old standbys showed up for a photoshoot.
I’ve talked diurnal moths in the past. Those fly during the day. Often they are pretty enough to rival the beauty of butterflies.
There are HUGE moths, many of which produce silk as reported by Ellen Sousa.
And there are shiny moths:
I’ve tried to alleviate fears of some caterpillars decimating your trees with hints on how to control them in an environmentally sound way.
How some dress up to disguise themselves from predators.
There are moths that have unusual shapes:
And some that have interesting markings:
Some are in love:
Moth caterpillars feed birds, host wasps, and perform many important duties in the natural scheme of things. Adult moths serve as a food source for not only birds but for spiders and others as well.
Plant a few oaks, some wax myrtles and look up what other native plants in your location will serve as a larval plant for the deserving and beneficial moth. And put on your party hat to join the festivities.
*This tale was originally published by Loret T. Setters on July 19, 2013 at the defunct national blog beautifulwildlifegarden[dot]com. Click the date to view reader comments.