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Have You Ever Been Curious About What The Difference Is Between Moths And Butterflies?

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Many people think that color is a surefire way to tell the difference between a moth and a butterfly. Butterflies are brightly patterned, while moths are devoid of color. Right?

That may be the case most of the time, but it’s not always an accurate way to determine which one is fluttering around outside your house. Moths can come in vivid colors, and butterflies can be shades of dull brown, too.

So, how can you figure out if that insect you see is a moth or a butterfly? There are several ways to tell them apart. Keep these rules in mind, and you’ll be classifying the critters like a pro in no time!

For one, most moths are nocturnal. You’ve probably witnessed a flurry of them flocking to the nearest light when enjoying a warm summer night outdoors.

Butterflies, on the other hand, are daytime creatures. So, if you see a winged insect flitting from flower to flower in the middle of the afternoon, it’s most likely a butterfly.

You can also tell butterflies and moths apart by observing the position of their wings when they’re resting. Moths rest with their wings open and spread out to the side, whereas butterflies keep their wings closed and folded together unless they’re sunbathing.

If you look closely at the antennae of both butterflies and moths, you will notice that they are very different in appearance. Butterflies’ antennae are long and slender. They widen at the tips in a bulbous shape.

Moths usually have feathery antennae. Sometimes, they can be thin like butterflies’ antennae, but they tend to be straighter and lack the bulbous shape at the ends. In addition, butterflies are leaner and look smoother than moths. Moths are furrier and have stockier bodies.

Moths also have a frenulum, which is a row of bristles that connect their front and rear wings to make flight more efficient. Butterflies are not structured in that way.

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