Food plant

Many species of insect have highly specific nutritional preferences. Often a particular species will only feed on a single type of plant.

This specificity is often most noticeable in caterpillars of butterflies and moths. For example, caterpillars of the Mullein moth specialise on feeding on the Great Mullein plant.

Without access to the correct food plant some species are unable to complete their life cycle.

A photograph of the larvae of the Mullein Moth, _Shargacucullia verbasci_.

The brightly coloured larvae of the Mullein Moth, Shargacucullia verbasci.

Other names for (or types of) Food plant include:

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