Moths can be troublesome in a garden, not when they are winged adults but when they are caterpillars, their larval life stage. Unfortunately, getting rid of moths in a garden is a double-edged sword:Adult moths are beneficial pollinators of many flowering plants, some of which they ate when they were caterpillars.
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How can I Make my Garden a good habitat for moths?
To make your garden a good habitat for moths it is important to try and provide food for the caterpillars, as well as nectar-bearing flowers for the adult moths. Some moth caterpillars will eat the leaves of a fairly wide range of plants, but most are restricted to a few types of plant or even just one plant species.
What do moths eat in the garden?
Flowers with plenty of nectar will provide a good source of food for adult moths, while certain plants can provide the necessary food for caterpillars. Your garden is home to many beautiful moths which have important roles in the garden ecosystem.
What plants attract moths?
If you want to invite moths in gardens, you鈥檒l want to know what plants attract moths. Moths appreciate variety in the garden. Many use trees, shrubs, or perennials as host plants. Some trees that attract moths are:
Why are moths important to the environment?
Not only are they pollinators, but they are also an important food source for birds, bats, toads, and other small animals. Moth populations have declined approximately 85% since the 1950鈥檚, with at least ten species having gone completely extinct in that time.