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I love butterflies . . . and I love moths. Both belong to the order Lepidoptera, but there are numerous physical and behavioral differences between the two insect types.
On the behavioral side, moths are nocturnal and butterflies are diurnal (active during the day). While at rest, butterflies usually fold their wings back, while moths flatten their wings against their bodies or spread them out in a "jet plane" position.
Moths make cocoons that are wrapped in silk coverings. Butterflies, however, form chrysalises, which are hard, smooth and silkless.
You can also notice a difference in their physical appearance. Butterfly antennae are thin with club-shaped tips, compared with the feathery or comb-like antennae of moths. Moths are stout and fuzzy; butterflies are slender and smooth. Additionally, moth wings, unlike butterfly wings, have a structure called a frenulum, which joins the forewing to the hind wing. (info from livescience.com)
But they share one big thing in common: beauty!
This little guy had escaped a rain storm by hanging out in my garage. After the storm had passed, I carried him out to my driveway and I tried to get a quick picture before he hurried away!
Apantesis nais, the Nais tiger moth, is a moth of the family Erebidae
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September 2nd, 2019
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