Thursday, February 23, 2012

Differences Between Moths and Butterflies

Moth : a close-up of a male gypsy moth showing its beautiful feathered antennae
Photo of male Gypsy Moth's feathery antennae and flat resting wings courtesy

Butterfly Antennae : Silver-studded Blue, Plebejus argus -Species of Lepidoptera, called also Hairstreak Butterfly, in front of white background
Photo of  Silver-studded Blue Plebejus' clubbed antennae and vertical resting wings courtesy

I know one difference between moths and butterflies is when at rest moths' wings lie flat and butterflies' wings are held vertically; but when I look at pictures of them where all wings are displayed flat I haven't been able to tell the difference between the two.

Three other differences between moths and butterflies are:
1.  Butterfly antennae are clubbed on the ends, moth antennae are thin or feathery on the ends.
2.  Butterfly bodies are thin and smooth, moth bodies are thick and fuzzy.
3.  Butterflies are active in the day, moths are active at night.

By the way, butterfly pupal stage is called chrysalis, moth pupal stage is called cocoon.

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