Moth(Gynnidomorpha alisman) | Characteristics, Habitat and Amazing Facts

Name - Moth

Scientific Name : Gynnidomorpha alisman

Type : Insects

Diet : Herbivore

Physical Characteristics:

Colour : duller colouring(Brown, Yellow, Red, Black, White, Orange)

Skin Type :  hairs and/or sharp spines

Lifespan : 65 to 90 days

Current Population : XXXX

Location : Worldwide

Number Of Species :  250,000


Main Prey : Nectar, Fruits, Natural Fabrics 

Habitat : Quiet forests and pastures

Favourite Food : Nectar

Amazing Facts

  • Males have an excellent sense of smell.
  • When they see an electric light it gets confused, loses direction, and flies into the glow.
  • Some of these insects, like the Luna moth, have a wingspan of two to four inches whereas a really tiny one, such as the pigmy moth, has a wingspan of just four millimeters. Put three tiny grains of sand from the beach together and you have the length of a Pigmy moth!
  • The Atlas Moth is one of the largest moths in the world with a wing size of just over nine inches. The line of 16 nickels is almost equal in size to the wingspan of the Atlas Mountain. This moth is almost the same size as the largest butterfly in the world, Queen Alexandra’s birdwing. This butterfly lives in Papua New Guinea and has a wingspan of almost 10 inches.
  • The color of the insect also varies depending on its species. For eg, the body of a puss moth is white. It has grey dots on its head and grey spinning patterns on its wings. This moth has gained its name because its scales are fuzzy, making it look like a cat. Alternatively, the male Gypsy moth has dark brown scales, while the female scales are white and black.
  • The decorative patterns of the body of this insect are not just for exhibition. The colourful nature of a moth will help it hide from predators. The colour of the corner shades of the moth makes it to appear just like a brown leaf hanging from a branch. The brown Gypsy moth can be quickly blended into the dark bark of the tree.
  • In order to live, they need a warm atmosphere. So, they’re migrating south because it’s becoming cold in the winter. A moth living in the midwestern portion of the United States migrates to Mexico during the summer before the weather gets cold. Even insects may make their way to their homes to get shelter during the chilly winter months.
  • Insects in caterpillar form are herbivores that consume the leaves of plants and occasionally fruit. A caterpillar can eat one broad leaf a day. A fully-grown moth consumes nectar flower or sap for nutrition. Nectar is also a food source for butterflies.
  • A female emits a special chemical smell when she’s about to mate. Males in the field are going to pick up this smell and go and search it. After mating with a male, the female lay eggs on a plant that she knows her babies will eat when the eggs hatch into the caterpillars. The mother leaves her eggs and she’s not coming back. Any of the eggs will hatch in about 10 days. The number of eggs laid by this insect depends on its species.

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