There are so many different species of moths that we really dont know the full lifecycle of many of them. One intersting thing is that some caterpillars eat leaf litter and there may be so many of the species that do this that they keep the leaf litter down to a minimum. However it is thought that the times we do some of our control burns might be the time when these caterpillars are active so we kill them off if we keep burning off the same areas every year. We may be making it so that leaf litter builds up more than it would if we had left it alone. Control burns have always been carried out in this country by aboriginal people, but we dont necessarily do it at the same times as they use to. It is for reasons like this that we need to know as much as we can about the creatures around us.
Aside from that I love moths, they have so many differnt patterns and shapes, there are some that are much brighter than these ones here.
Many of them are pollinators that visit white flowers, and those that have a strong smell at night. Most are active at night but there are day flying moths as well.
Diamantina NP, Qld.
If you would like to find out more about the moths that eat leaf litter you can read about it in a guide to moths of asutralia
Paul Zborowski And Ted Edwards
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing Released: 18 May 2007 ISBN: 9780643099043