What do adult moths eat? There exist at least 150,000 species of moths in the world, including the Giant Moth, Sphinx Moth and Owlet Moth. After the larvae have accomplished their primary survival tasks, they progress into the pupal stage and finally bloom into the final stage of their ephemeral lives.Author: Akash Peshin.
Adult clothes moths lack mouth parts and do not eat at all. Gypsy moths are a significant pest species in parts of North America. Larval gypsy moths cause extensive damage to the foliage of trees, sometimes resulting in tree death and deforestation. Like clothes moths, adult gypsy moths do not feed.
Most adult moths do not eat at all. Instead of eating most moths like butterflies get their nurishment from drinking. They use a proboscis, a long narrow tube in their mouth, that acts like a straw. They usually set on top of a flower and drink the nectar.
With few exceptions, adult butterflies and moths eat only various liquids to maintain their water balance and energy stores. Most adults sip flower nectar, but other imbibe fluids from sap flowers on trees, rotting fruits, bird droppings, or animal dung.