LITTLE RED OR ORANGE MOTHS - Knowledgebase Question

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA
Question by landstar
July 18, 2007
I HAVE LITTLE RED OR ORANGE COLORED MOTHS IN MY MORNING GLORIES AND MINT BEDS. EVERYTIME I WATER THIS BEDDING THE MOTHS JUST START TO FLY ALL OVER THE PLACE. I DON'T SEE THEM ANYWHERE ELSE. WHAT CAN I DO TO GET RID OF THEM.


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Answer from NGA
July 18, 2007

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I wonder if they are butterflies rather than moths? They sound like Dryas julia. Whether they are moths or butterflies, the adults are simply drinking nectar from your plants. They are not eating the the plants so they're not causing any damage. However, they may be laying eggs. If so, when the eggs hatch, the larvae will feed on the leaves. I would just leave them alone and simply appreciate them. If you don't want the next generation to feed on your plants, you can use Bt (sold as Dipel or Thuricide) on your plants when the larvae appear.

Good luck with your garden.

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