Spare a thought for moths. There are around 900 species of large moths in the UK, and about 1,600 species of smaller so-called “micro-moths”. Both adult moths and their caterpillars are important food for bats, birds and a great deal of other garden wildlife, and they’re also useful pollinators, albeit mostly at night, when their activities remain unobserved. Despite all this, moths get only a tiny share of the attention that is devoted to our 59 species of butterflies.
All the evidence also shows that moths are in serious long-term decline. They are hardly unusual in that, and the causes are no doubt at least partly the usual suspects: climate change, habitat loss and fragmentation, pollution...
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