Unlike many insects, moths are primarily nocturnal and fly around during twilight. However, moths also spend a lot of time in a motionless state. They stay in a single place during the day and only move when they detect a potential predator or a heavy gust of wind. This peculiar behaviour has fascinated scientists and nature enthusiasts alike. This article looks at everything you need to know about where do moths sleep, if they dream and how long they rest during the day.
Moths do not have eyelids, so it can be hard to tell if they are sleeping. They enter a state of torpor when they are asleep, which slows down the brain and minimizes body movement & metabolism. This allows them to conserve energy and reduce the chances of being woken up by a potential predator. The state of torpor also prevents moths from reversing their circadian rhythm and becoming active at night.
While the exact amount of time a moth spends resting during the day depends on the species, they all require adequate periods of rest to conserve their energy. As such, it is vital for their survival. Without the necessary rest, moths would be unable to fly, forage for food and evade predators.