Moths are a diverse group of flying insects that are mostly nocturnal, have feathery antennae, and can be bigger than a banana or as small as a flea. Some moths can even easily be mistaken for hummingbirds! Do you know what place moths have in food webs and ecosystems?
Sometimes a species is moved by humans to an ecosystem where they don’t normally live.
What can happen when a moth must survive away from the plants and animals they evolved with?
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Light Brown Apple Moth
This moth is native to Australia but was introduced to many other parts of the world. It is now found in California, where a lot of the fruits and vegetables we eat are grown. Move the slider to see it transform into an adult!
This moth is native to Europe but was introduced to the Northeastern U.S. in the 1800s. Caterpillars of this species can harm trees by eating too many leaves. What can we do to help?