Yes, moths drink water! Moths are insects, and all insects need to drink water. Most moths can’t swallow, so they soak up the water with their mouthparts (which may look like straw or tube), or they just absorb the water through their bodies.
Most moths are very small, so they don’t need a lot of water. They usually find it in the nectar of flowers or on dew-covered plants. Some larger moths drink from puddles, ponds, and streams. Some people have even seen hummingbird moths drinking from hummingbird feeders!
It’s rare to see a moth drinking from standing water — like a puddle or pool — because many types of birds like to eat moths. Birds will often perch near puddles to watch for moths, so most moths try to stay hidden when they’re drinking.
Do moths need water to survive?
Yes, moths need water to survive. But they do not drink it in the way most people think of drinking. Instead, they absorb water through their bodies, especially through their scales.
Most moths do not drink water in the same way that a person or a dog drinks water. Moths are said to be “obligate phloem feeders,” which means that they must have phloem (pronounced FLOEM), which is a plant tissue that carries food and nutrients throughout the plant in order to survive.
Moths get their nutrients from pollen, nectar, and honeydew. This food is all liquid, so when moths absorb this food, they get all of the necessary moisture that would normally come from water.
How do you give moth water?
If you want to give moth water, you should use a spoon or a small bowl. First, fill the spoon with water. Then, you must find a moth. Next, hold the spoon up to the moth’s mouth so that it can drink the water.
Thus, Moths don’t need a lot of water — they get most of what they need from their food or the plants they’re on. Still, it’s important that they drink enough water to keep their bodies healthy and wet. Unlike bees, which can drink enough water to fill up their stomach, moths can’t do that.