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moth

(môth, mŏth)
n. pl. moths (môthz, mŏthz, môths, mŏths)
Any of numerous insects of the order Lepidoptera, generally distinguished from butterflies by their nocturnal activity, hairlike or feathery antennae, stout bodies, and the frenulum that holds the front and back wings together.

moth

a LEPIDOPTERAN that is mainly nocturnal, lacks knobbed antenae, and folds its wings flat at rest. The term has no taxonomic status.
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"This moth was once widely recorded in the UK, but has undergone a substantial decline over recent decades, so it's heartening to see it having such a good year in Wales." The narrow-bordered bee hawk-moth has also been discovered this year at several new locations in the south west of England and in Scotland.
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And rather than being pests, most moths play an important role in the food chain and as pollinators, the charity said as it launched a new campaign to turn around the insects' negative reputation.
"Each of the 2,500 species tells a different story about the natural world of moths around us.
Bats and moths have been involved in an acoustic arms race for 65 million years, we were interested in how deaf moths might try to increase their survival chances against bats, Neil told UPI.
Scientists call the behavior 'lachryphagy,' wherein the moth would use its long straw-like proboscis to suck up nutrient-filled tears from a sleeping bird's eyes.
Slowly and quietly approach flowers where moths might be sipping nectar.
"You are likely to be visited by more of these 'accidental' moths in summer, because we often leave windows open at night, and most moths are attracted to light."
"The floodlights stayed on all night and all the moths around flocked the stadium," a security officer said.
The species found on this corpse include beetles (those that can eat your carpet) and clothes moths. So, as far as a clothes moth is concerned, your best woollen dress, cashmere sweater or sheepskin coat is a dead sheep, and thus a suitable place to lay its eggs!" he explains.
Researchers at Florida Museum of Natural History spotted unusual pattern inside a giant southern red oak tree where more than 400 moths were found resting inside the hollow tree.