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Clara the Moth on Ferns

Moth, Geometridae, Ennominae - Ourapteryx clara

Moth, Geometridae, Ennominae - Ourapteryx clara

 

 

Butterflies and moths have many things in common, mainly scales that cover their bodies and wings. These scales are actually modified hairs. Butterflies and moths belong to the order Lepidoptera (from the Greek lepis meaning scale and pteron meaning wing

 

 

why is it a moth and not a butterfly? how do i tell the difference?

 

 

Generally speaking you will see butterflies fly during the day and moths at night, but there are exceptions…..so here are some more ways you can tell:

1. A butterfly’s antennae have a long shaft and a bulb at the end. A moth’s antennae are feathery and jagged-edged.

 

 

2. Butterflies tend to fold their wings vertically up over their backs. Moths tend to hold their wings in a tent-like fashion that hides the abdomen.

 

 

3.Butterflies are typically larger and have more colorful patterns on their wings. Moths are typically smaller with drab-colored wings.

 

 

and 4. Moths have a frenulum, which is a wing-coupling device. Butterflies do not have frenulums. Frenulums join the forewing to the hind wing, so the wings can work in unison during flight.

 

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Taken on March 20, 2009