El inglés es el idioma de control de esta página. En la medida en que haya algún conflicto entre la traducción al inglés y la traducción, el inglés prevalece.
Al hacer clic en el enlace de traducción se activa un servicio de traducción gratuito para convertir la página al español. Al igual que con cualquier traducción por Internet, la conversión no es sensible al contexto y puede que no traduzca el texto en su significado original. NC State Extension no garantiza la exactitud del texto traducido. Por favor, tenga en cuenta que algunas aplicaciones y/o servicios pueden no funcionar como se espera cuando se traducen.
English is the controlling language of this page. To the extent there is any conflict between the English text and the translation, English controls.
Clicking on the translation link activates a free translation service to convert the page to Spanish. As with any Internet translation, the conversion is not context-sensitive and may not translate the text to its original meaning. NC State Extension does not guarantee the accuracy of the translated text. Please note that some applications and/or services may not function as expected when translated.Collapse ▲
Date: September 9, 2021
Agent: Donna Teasley
Hello, this is Donna Teasley, Horticulture Agent with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Burke Center.
What season is it? We think it is late summer but it is also moth season. Moths are the close relative of butterflies but they are usually ignored. Why? Because they are most active at night, unlike butterflies who flit about the garden on bright sunny days. But, moths come in a dazzling array of colors and some are quite huge with wing spans of 6 inches.
Adult moths are hatching right now and they only live for a couple of weeks. They don’t eat during this time although their caterpillars are voracious eaters of mostly leaves.
Take a white sheet and hang it on the side of a building at night. Hook a clamp on lamp with a black light bulb in it, pull up a lawn chair and get ready to see amazing things. Many moths are attracted to light and they will fly to the sheet and settle in for your viewing pleasure. There are 11,000 species of moths in the world and we have some spectacular examples right here in Burke County. We’ve all seen the luna moth with its mint green color but the polyphemous moth is just as glorious with its giant wings unfurled to expose large eye-like patterns which are used to frighten predators. The rosy maple moth, hawk moth and many more are waiting to put on a show for late night viewing. Give it a try.
This is Donna Teasley with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Burke Center. If you would like more information about this program you can call us at 764-9480.