so called because they fly at night.
I saw one the other night on Tai Mo Shan and thought I better post this...as they are often found early in the year around February and onwards. Just look at those wonderful antennae
While some moths suck nectar, others don't eat at all. The adult Luna moth doesn't even have a mouth. After it emerges from its cocoon, it lives for a few weeks. Its sole mission in life? To mate and lay eggs. A male moth can smell a female more many miles away. Though they lack noses, they detect odour molecules using their antennae instead.
Here are two mating.gorgeous...
Unfortunately these large moths suffer damage to their large wings, and are often found in a rather parlous state towards the end of their lives. It has been studied that the large "drops" at the end of their wings helps confuse bats and their radar.
Moths: The next superfood? In some parts of the world, moths are a major food source for people. More than 90 percent of people in some African countries eat moth and butterfly caterpillars, according to a 2004 survey by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Caterpillars are packed with protein and healthy fats, and research shows that 100 grams of these insects provides more than 100 percent of the daily requirement of some vital minerals, such as potassium, calcium, zinc and iron.