Moth Anatomy & Life Cycle

Moth Anatomy and Life Cycle

Like all insects, moths have a body with three main parts – head, thorax and abdomen. Moths have three pairs of jointed legs on the thorax. Moths are also characterized by their two pairs of large, scale-covered wings and by mouthparts that form a long proboscis for sipping nectar. Moths have compound eyes and two antennae.

Compound Eye

Compound eyes are made up of many hexagonal lenses just like other insect compound eyes.

Metamorphosis of a Moth

Moths undergo a process of total change known as metamorphosis. This process for Lepidoptera consists of four growth stages and is called Complete Metamorphosis:

the final stage in the life cycle, in which the adult will reproduce and then die, having begun the life cycle anew with the laying of fertile eggs.