Moths

Like almost all lepidopteran species, moths have a tongue or proboscis specially adapted for sucking. Moths visit plants with pale or white flowers; these usually diffuse abundant fragrance and offer dilute nectar. Moths do not always stand on flowers: sometimes they suck nectar while hovering on them. They also rest on flowers, landing on their surface. The bodies of moths are furry, and they carry pollen on the fur, where pollen is trapped during resting, as well as on their tongue, where pollen sticks when they are feeding. A study carried out in an agricultural landscape recorded diurnal and nocturnal pollinators at once, on the same flowering species, showing that moths tend to visit the same range of plants visited, during daytime, by diurnal pollinators, also contributing to pollen transfer.