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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