Moths are one of the most underestimated pollinators out there. They are looked at as the ugly cousin of the butterfly, but the truth is, not only are moths just as beautiful as butterflies but they are also a much-needed pollinator just like the butterfly. Sadly the population of our pollinators is ever declining... Bees, butterflies and moths a facing the very real danger of one day going extinct thanks to colony collapse disorder and ( a phenomenon that occurs where the majority of worker bees in a colony disappear and leave behind their queen, plenty of food and a few nurse bees to care for the remaining immature bees and the queen) pesticide applications. These things are responsible for wiping out millions of bees, butterflies and moths around the world.

The moth population has declined by a staggering 85% since the 1950's with approximately ten species going extinct in this time.  The United Kingdom has made some effort to try and help rebuild their populations, however, there is very little effort being made in places like the United States. If the world does not change the way we care for our pollinators we are in real danger of losing them which means that our future food source will be in big trouble. 

By creating a pollinator-friendly garden you will be giving these creatures a safe haven and you and your garden can only benefit from their presence. Moths play such an important role in the cycle of life, not just as pollinators but as a food source for other animals such as birds, bats and toads. One of the things that make moths unique is that instead of just visiting a variety of different gardens like most pollinators moths may choose to live their entire life in just one garden making it their forever home. Moths will be attracted to a garden with a mix of plants that should include grass, flowers, shrubs, trees and should include mulch instead of rocks. You should also allow for plant clippings and fallen leaves to accumulate slightly as moths will use them as a safe hiding spot for themselves and their larvae. Please note that if you are going to have a pollinator-friendly garden it is of the utmost importance that you keep your garden free from pesticides. Below is a list of plants and trees that will attract moths to your garden. 

  1. Hickory Tree

  2. Maple Tree

  3. Oak Tree

  4. Apple Tree 

  5. Peach Tree

  6. Bluestem Grass

  7. Moonflower

  8. Honeysuckle Vine 

  9. Foxglove 

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