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.
These insects are basically little machines that convert carbon-rich leaves into nitrogen-rich poo.
As environmental engineers, invasive caterpillars can have remarkable effects on water quality and soil conditions. But from a climate perspective they’re pretty much a nuisance.
Fall armyworm devouring a soybean leaf.
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This year’s unprecedented fall armyworm invasion has laid waste to lawns, athletic fields and crops. Is it a fluke? When will it end?
Surveying moth caterpillars Douglas Boyes.
The increasing prevalence of white LED streetlamps spells worrying population declines for insects like moths.
A coat of sand makes an effective armor.
For some sand-dwelling plants, stickiness is a defense tactic that keeps predators at bay.
A recent report warned that insects ‘could vanish by the end of the century’. Here’s why that would cause a collapse of nature.
Inside the pupa (or chrysalis), the caterpillar actually turns to liquid as it transforms into a butterfly or moth.
Scientists were not sure if an adult butterfly could remember things it learned as a caterpillar. Then a study by a team of US scientists found something very interesting.
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The oak processionary moth established itself in the UK a decade ago, ahead of the parasitoids that would normally keep its numbers in check.
It’s not too late to get your Himalayan Viagra, but it’ll cost you.
The coveted and unusual aphrodisiac found only at very high altitudes can fetch up to US$100,000 a kilo.
Ladybugs stop pests from eating our food and destroying crops.
Small animals are the fabric of the world around us. Without them everything would crumble.
Africa is home to a rich diversity of edible insects like mopani worms.
Insects have often been described with words like “disgusting” and the idea of eating them horrifies some people. But this needs to change as they can be an important food source.
Stay tuned for my weather report at 11!
As we officially enter winter, some of us are already looking for signs it will be over soon. Folk wisdom tells us to look to the woollys for insight into how bad the season will be.
I haven’t forgotten.
The striking transformation of a caterpillar into a colourful, winged butterfly is one that has captivated scientists for years. The metamorphosis involves the breakdown of most of the caterpillar’s tissues…