Scientists have identified more than 165,000 species of moths and suspect that many more remain undiscovered. These little winged creatures include Lepidoptera, the same order as their butterfly relatives. Moths and butterflies also a life cycle as a four-stage metamorphosis share, as moths in general are more earthy than their colorful counterparts.
Moths powdery feel the touch of thousands of delicate, prismatic and shed hairs that cover their wings. Your feathered antennae contain a club at the end. Moths to smell this part of the body, and removes a type that detects cecropia impressively the scent of his wife up to 7 miles. Moths are active at night, and they are mainly for artificial light. During the day they rest with their wings straight out or hugged their bodies.
Life begins as a small, round egg laid by the adult female moth on a leaf or other intended food source. The larval stage follows. As a creeping caterpillar, it feeds and grows quickly, before the pupa stage. The moth caterpillar will spin a cocoon around itself and. Into a state of hibernation, which lasts anywhere from a few days to several months, depending on the species The caterpillar will turn into a muddy soup form, but by the time it is obtained from the cocoon, it is a fluttering insect with wings. The imago of the stage is a time of freedom, as the adult fly, court, mate, and colonize new habitats.
Moths damage crops and clothing when in the young larval stage, are so many moths have no mouths to eat with them. They are more resistant to pesticides than mosquitoes and flies, and they represent a significant problem for the agriculture industry worldwide. The gypsy moth feeds on many plants, mostly oak and aspen trees in the Ozark and Appalachian Mountains of the United States. In temperate climates, the codling moth fruit trees not resist, while the moth likes broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. Other species draw their meals indoors in the form of clothing made of fibers which naturally contain proteins such as silk and wool. If infected larvae have a piece of clothing, the entire garment freeze at a temperature of 18 degrees Celsius or below for several days, then clean the garment. This process completely destroys the larvae.
Several species of moths are deliberately raised for their cocoons, which the larvae spin resigned from a fine but strong fiber from the head. Silk farm workers boil the cocoons for about five minutes, then relax the fiber in a continuous thread. Three thousand cocoons needed to make just 1 pound of raw silk. Each year the silk industry, nearly 300 million lbs. Raw silk, worth about 250 million dollars.