And, of course, there are many more day-active moth species in the UK than butterflies (plus a few butterflies, such as the Red Admiral, do fly at night when on migration). A similar situation exists in Britain where we have only about 60 butterfly species but over 2,500 recorded moths. Moths also have stockier bodies, are hairier, and rest with their wings open.

Both the butterfly and the metamorphic rock have come up through metamorphosis (which means change). Some other common characteristics among butterflies include bright colors, a clubbed antennae, a thin thorax, and the habit of resting with their wings closed. The second, even greater surprise, concerned where the butterfly families sit among the different families of moths.

Butterflies and moths have many things in common, including scales that cover their bodies and wings.

Noctuids, Geometrids, hawk-moths etc.) Find out more about how we use your information in our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. So, if they are not ‘macros’, butterflies must sit somewhere among the micro-moth groups. This is a cosmopolitan family of about 800 species, most of which are large moths.

The next step is to point out the useful rules of thumb.

In the United States, there are nearly 11,000 species of moths. A butterfly feeds during the day and moths are nocturnal, for the most part.

It’s not about colour, hairiness or time of day. When a butterfly hatches, it can fly, and reproduce (lay eggs/fertilize eggs). The forewings are long and narrow, while the hind wings are very small.

than butterflies are. There are a total of [ 54 ] Virginia Butterflies in the database. They both have several stages of their lives.

However, it seems unlikely that butterflies are closely related to the true macro-moth groups, but instead have their ancestors among the micros.

But butterflies do have … Butterflies do not have this. As moths are nocturnal and butterflies are diurnal, it makes sense that the two species would adapt to have different eyes to suit their light conditions. The real answer to the question and the answer that people find so troubling is that there isn’t really much of a difference at all. Book here. Butterflies normally fold their wings vertically over their backs while most moths hold their wings horizontally when at rest (although quite a few Geometrids, such as the Thorns, hold them vertically or at an angle). But extraordinarily, the Papillionids (Swallowtails, Apollos and Festoons), which were always considered to be true butterflies, appear to more distantly related – a sister group to all the other butterflies. Moths …

Moth Description Moths often have feather like antennae with […]

Moth … This pattern makes it very hard to unravel inter-relationships nowadays based on the physical and molecular characteristics of modern moths and butterflies. Moths have short and feathery antennae while the butterfly’s are long and thin. This type of eye creates images up to 1000 times brighter than acquisition eyes, but sacrifices image quality.

The main difference is the ability to eat. Tel: 01929 400 209Email: info@butterfly-conservation.orgCharity registered: England & Wales (254937).

The fact that in English at least, society has different words and, indeed, very different attitudes to them is largely a cultural concept rather than a scientific one. However, many butterflies “sun bake” with their wings open. These 8 differences between butterflies and moths will have you classifying that critter in no time! Moths rest with their wings open, whereas butterflies tend to rest with their wings closed. Moths are insect closely related to butterflies. There are some 160,000 species of moths in the world, compared to 17,500 species of butterflies.

Discover and learn about a number of butterflies and moths at the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary.

With thanks to Dr Malcolm Scoble, Natural History Museum, Company limited by guarantee, registered in England (2206468). We know which ones are closely related to each other i.e. Moths rest with their wings open while the butterfly sleeps with theirs closed.

Typically butterflies die within 24 hours. macro-moths plus butterflies) is not valid scientifically.

So, while useful as a guide, there are plenty of exceptions to these ‘rules’. Scotland (SC039268), Website design & development by Headscape.

In the metamorphism from caterpillar to butterfly, caterpillars spin a pupa consisting of hardened protein. in the same genus, such as the Red Admiral and Painted Lady (both in the genus Vanessa) or all the Carpet moths (all in the family Geometridae). Butterflies are active during the day (diurnal), whereas moths are active at night (nocturnal).