Moths are an essential (if often overlooked) group of pollinators, and recent studies have shown just how valuable they are. We have a staggering 2,500 species in the UK, and although they are most noticeable fluttering by street lamps, they spend the lion’s share of their time gathering nectar and pollinating flowers. Moths double up on the work of daytime fliers, but also frequent flowers rarely visited by bees. They are an essential part of the food chain, especially for threatened bats, so encourage them to your garden by planting scented honeysuckle, heliotrope, rocket, buddleia and hebe.
In a moonlight-lit garden, there’s a surprising amount to enjoy, from moth pollinated flowers such as jasmine and nicotiana that glow and pulse with fragrance, to the ethereal look of the borders which, in the darkness, appear to have no fences and go on forever. The experience was so magical, I might do it again… after I’ve caught up on my sleep.
Original article found in Amateur Gardening Magazine.