Living With Leaf Litter

Common Litter Moth, Idia aemula
Photo: Mike Boone

Caterpillars of the litter moths of the genus Idia feed on leaf litter. They skeletonize leaves and accelerate the decomposition of dead plant matter into soil. Some can successfully grow and develop on freshly fallen leaves. The caterpillars inhabit the forest floor where they are cryptic feeders, hidden from the eyes of predatory birds. If disturbed, the caterpillars will “play dead”. Caterpillars are active as soon the weather warms in…

Source: Living With Insects Blog

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