FIELD FACTS

MOTHS

Scottish Field - - MOTHS -

SPECIES: There are about 2,500 species of moths in the Bri­tish Isles. Glob­ally there are nine times as many va­ri­eties of moth as there are but­ter­flies. SMELL: A male moth can de­tect a fe­male more than seven miles away. LIFE­SPAN: Some adult moths only live for a mat­ter of days. Oth­ers will sur­vive many months and will hi­ber­nate over the win­ter. NAV­I­GA­TION: Moths use the moon, stars and ge­o­mag­netic fields to nav­i­gate. WING­SPAN: Moths vary hugely in size. Some in the UK have a wing­span of less than 1.5cm, while warmer cli­mates can sus­tain moths as big as a din­ner plate.

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