Once the larvae turn into adult moths, they never eat again.
Unfortunately, it’s likely you brought them home yourself. Most pantry moth infestations probably start when we inadvertently bring home eggs and caterpillars in our dried foods.
The caterpillar, Lymantria dispar, has eaten through 17,000 square kilometres of trees since the 1980s. The invasive insect was imported in the 1880s to launch a North American silk industry.
Gluttonous caterpillars are excellent crop pests — their kidneys perform several tasks that allow them to grow rapidly, while eating plants.
Trump’s plan to slap $200 billion more in tariffs on Chinese goods is premised on yesterday’s waste-fueled economy. Tomorrow’s economy is ‘circular.’