Until now, the role of moths in gardens has been largely overlooked, while public support for bees has been encouraged by many wildlife organisations. Yet it turns out that moths are vital pollinators, visiting a wide range of plants, their furry bodies transporting pollen widely and efficiently. As pollinators and prey species, moths are essential to our living world.
The beauty of moths
It astounds me that many people think of moths in terms of those little silvery-dusty clothes moths, perhaps because the others are ‘out of sight, out of mind’ – just a blur of wings on a window pane. In fact, the variety is astonishing, and the different shapes and sizes, patterns and colours are incredible, from the intricately cryptic to the in-your-face gaudy or sizzlingly metallic. Not noticing moths means missing out on fabulous wonders in our own back gardens.