Native Plants For Moths

by Rachel Mackow
co-owner/operator of Wild Ridge Plants

Originally presented on June 16, 2021

Let’s explore native plants from a moth’s view. We’ll cover native host plants for moths – includingfamiliar species like the Luna and Io moth. Find out what native blossom feed daytime-flying moths likethe Hummingbird Clearwing. The larval (caterpillar) stage of many of our showy moth species rely onfamiliar, easy to grow wildflowers, trees, and shrubs. We’ll also talk about distinguishing featuresbetween butterflies and moths. And, how to use caterpillars to help you identify native plants!  

Rachel Mackow is co-owner/operator of Wild Ridge Plants, a native plant nursery in Pohatcong Township,New Jersey. She is dedicated to the restoration of native plant communities that sustain both people andwildlife. She is a member of the New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team’s Technical Advisory Committee. Rachel is also a photographer, writer, and musician. Her photographic work has been published and exhibited internationally.