Moths VS butterflies...
Moths and butterflies have a lot in common it can be hard to tell the difference. Check out these key differences.
- Shorter "fuzzy" or saw like antenna
- Moths tend to prefer feeding at night but can be seen during the day
- Moths tend to have more neutral wing colors
- Moths tend to rest with their wings in a "tent" or open
- Moths form cocoons a silk like case around their body to prepare to for their metamorphosis or transformation from caterpillar to moth
- Long smooth, curved Antenna with small bulb at the top
- Butterflies prefer daylight and hide / sleep at night
- Butterflies tend to have brightly colored wings
- Butterflies tend to rest their wings up or over their body
- Butterflies form chrysalis which is the the final molt of the caterpillar, to form a hard shell around the body.
Fun Facts about moths and butterflies
The Atlas Moth (pictured below) is considered the largest moth in the world. The Atlas Moth can be found in the Malay Archipelago. The Atlas Moth can be larger than a songbird with a wingspan least 1 foot across.
The Western Pygmy Blue Butterfly (pictured below) is considered one of the world's smallest butterflies. The Western Pygmy Blue Butterfly can be found in North America. The Western Pygmy Blue Butterfly has a wingspan of 12-22mm, which is about the size of a US dime.