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What do moth caterpillars eat and drink?

Last Updated: 11th May, 2020

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Most moths and nearly all butterflycaterpillars eat the leaves and flowers of plants. Somemoth caterpillars eat fruit, or seeds, and a few eatanimal foods like beeswax or fur. A very few species ofcaterpillars are carnivores, eating aphids or othersoft-bodied insects. Adults mostly drink nectar orsap.

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Also, what do you feed a moth caterpillar?

Caterpillars, the larvae of butterflies andmoths, feed almost exclusively on plants. You willfind most caterpillars munching happily on leaves, thoughsome will feed on other plant parts, like seeds orflowers.

Likewise, how do you feed a caterpillar at home? When the caterpillars are small and do noteat a lot, you can feed them either by offering theirfood plants in a glass of water or by just placing the leaves onthe floor of the enclosure. When you put the leaves in a glass ofwater, like cut flowers, the leaves stay fresh for a long time(around one week).

Additionally, what do caterpillars like to eat and drink?

Well,caterpillars eat the leaves of trees and plants withflowers. Some caterpillars eat parts of plants, likeseeds or flowers.

What do Tiger Moths eat and drink?

What they eat: Adults drink nectar fromflowers. Caterpillars eat low-growing, herbaceousplants.

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