BILLINGS, Mont. — The magic city has been invaded by miller moths; many of you have noticed those pesky little critters flying around your homes.
They are annoying, but those little moths are just making their way through Billings, from the great plains to the Rockies as part of their migration habit.
The amount this year is higher than usual, according to MSU Bozeman entomologist – Robert Peterson.
He says the moisture we recently received is definitely one reason why there are so many.
Robert says they are coming from multiple areas into billings to spend the summer in the Rockies. Not only are they migrating, but they play a major role as pollinators.
“So, these moths in Billings might be from Colorado – might be from Canada as they are again making their way to the Rockies mountains where they are fed on by the thousands by grizzly bears and some other animals, but they are very important summer food for the grizzly bears,” he says
He says they are a great source of protein and fat for the bears as they prepare for hibernation.