"University of Rhode Island ornithologist Peter Paton noted that several varieties of songbirds are likely benefiting from the huge number of caterpillars swarming the area. Black-billed and yellow-billed cuckoos, two species that are known to eat large numbers of caterpillars, including the prickly gypsy moth caterpillars that many other birds avoid, are likely to thrive this year."
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FROM CATERPILLARS TO BUTTERFLIES & MOTHS
"Hate them if you will, but remember that moths like the giant silk moth above (along with other insects) pollinate 80 percent of our food crops. In turn, their bodies sustain countless birds, rodents, and bats. Entire ecosystems rest on their powdery, delicate wings."