Moths to Look Out For in Devon

Moths to Look Out For in Devon

What is the Difference Between Moths & Butterflies?

You could be forgiven for thinking that Butterflies fly by day and Moths are nocturnal. Though it is true that, possibly as a strategy to avoid predation, most Moth species are active at night*, there are many day flying Moths. So what seperates Moths from Butterflies? Unfortunately the scientific answer is nothing! Both belong to the order of insects, Lepidoptera, meaning scaled wings, Butterflies simply being a branch of the evolutionary tree of Moths. The best we can do at noting a constant difference between the famillies we call Butterflies and those we call Moths is, Butterflies have a club-shaped tip to their antennae whereas Moths do not.

*NB Nocturnal Moths will fly in the day when disturbed.

Pictured on this page are some of the Moths to be found in Devon.

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Cinnabar Moth
Cinnabar Moth
Cinnabar Moth Larvae
Cinnabar Moth Larvae
Five-spot Burnett
Five-spot Burnett
Six-spot Burnett
Six-spot Burnett
Elephant Hawk-moth
Elephant Hawk-moth
Lime Hawk-moth
Lime Hawk-moth
Hummingbird Hawk-moth
Hummingbird Hawk-moth
Eyed Hawk-moth
Eyed Hawk-moth
Emperor Moth (mating)
Emperor Moth (mating)
White Ermine
White Ermine
Angle Shades
Angle Shades
Brown Silver-line
Brown Silver-line
Beautiful Carpet
Beautiful Carpet
Chimney Sweeper
Chimney Sweeper
Scalloped Hook-tip
Scalloped Hook-tip
Small Emerald
Small Emerald
Buff Arches
Buff Arches
Chinese Character
Chinese Character
Leopard Moth
Leopard Moth
Lunar Hornet Moth (mating)
Lunar Hornet Moth (mating)
Burnet Companion
Burnet Companion
Jersey Tiger
Jersey Tiger