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Name: sara
Status: student
Age: 4-5
Location: WA
Country: N/A
Date: 7/19/2005

What do adult moths eat?

Hi Sara,

Great question! Usually we think of moths as pests, because the caterpillars eat leaves of plants. Some caterpillars get into flour or can eat wool clothes.

As adults, moths have long tube like mouth-parts and most suck up nectar from flowers. Some also feed on fruit juices. They don't hurt the flowers and may even be important for pollinating.

Keep up the interest in living things and science!

Laura Hungerford, DVM. MPH, PhD
University of Maryland

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