Moths are insects related to butterflies and belong to the order Lepidoptera. There are 160,000 known species of moths out of which most species are nocturnal.
Moth larvae feed on fabric like woolen and silken clothes. Some larvae are farmed and the most notable is the silkworm. They feed on mulberry leaves.
Adult moths don’t eat at all. They get their nourishment from drinking. They mostly feed on nectar and sometimes on tree sap, animal dung, bird droppings, rotten fruit and pollen. They too, like butterflies, are attracted to salt content found in human sweat and minerals that they need for reproduction.
Butterflies primarily feed on nectar from flowers. They derive nourishment from pollen, tree sap, rotting fruit and dissolved minerals in sand or mud. Adult butterflies prefer to consumer liquids mainly from which they obtain sugar, minerals and sodium which is vital for growth and reproduction.
Some species of butterflies require more sodium and are attracted to sodium in salt. This is the reason why butterflies land on humans, thanks to their attraction to the salt present in human sweat. Butterflies use their antennas to sense the air for wind and scents.
As mentioned earlier, most of the butterflies consume liquid and obtain it through the long and narrow tube in their mouth called proboscis. It acts like a straw and sucks the liquid needed for the butterflies. Did you know that butterflies can taste with their feet and can tell, by just landing on a flower, what it tastes like?!
Are you curious to know more about what butterflies eat? Read on to find out some interesting facts about a butterfly’s diet and how does it actually eat.
- Butterflies don’t ‘eat’ food. They survive on liquid diet.
- They have a long tube in their mouth called proboscis through which they suck the nectar
- Butterflies can taste with their feet. They have sensors on them and can tell a flower’s taste by just landing on it.
- A baby butterfly’s sense of taste is 200 times stronger than humans.
- Butterflies are attracted to human sweat because of the salt content in it.
- These beautiful and colorful creatures are attracted to rotten fruit, rotten meat and dung.