What's the difference between a butterfly and a moth? Is it just a matter of looks? Take our quiz and learn more about butterflies, moths and the differences between them.
How many pairs of wings do butterflies and moths have?
One of the defining characteristics of butterflies and moths is that they have two wings, covered with fragile, overlapping scales that turn to dust when gently brushed off.
How many more moths are there than butterflies?
In North America, there are ten times as many species of moths as there are butterflies. Authorities estimate that there are about 165,000 species.
When are butterflies most active?
Butterflies are most active during the day, as opposed to moths, who are most active at dusk.
Which has the more slender body?
A major difference between a butterfly and a moth is that a butterfly has a more slender body than a moth. A butterfly's antenna end in a knob, while a moth's is more threadlike.
What order do moths and butterflies belong to?
Moths and butterflies belong to the Lepidoptera order of the class Insecta.
How wide are the blue morhpo butterfly's wings?
South America's blue morhpo butterfly is one of the world's biggest and brightest butterflies. Its wings measure up to 5 inches (13 centimeters) when spread out.
What number do the scales on the eighty-eight butterfly form?
South America's eighty-eight butterfly has scales that form the number 88 on its back.
What color are the esmerelda butterfly's wings?
The esmerelda butterfly has transparent wings trimmed with pink on the back wings.
What color are African cymotho butterflies?
African cymotho butterflies are red. The largest of this species is the red glider?
How many inches wide is the world's largest butterfly's wings?
The world's largest butterfly, the African giant swallowtail, has wings that open to 10 inches (25 centimeters).
In which country does the Cairn's birdwing live?
The Cairn's birdwing is native to Australia. It has a long yellow body and brightly colored wings.
What is Europe's most unusual butterfly?
Europe's most unusual butterfly is the peacock, which has four large eyespots on its wings, to scare off predators.
Where else is the Japanese emperor butterfly found?
The Japanese emperor butterfly, the national butterfly of Japan, is also found in China. It has purple-blue wings with pink and white dots on the edges.
At which stage of development are butterflies and moths pests?
At their larva stage, as caterpillars, moths and butterflies are pests, consuming plants and plant products.
Which type of moth has been domesticated?
The silkworm moth is the only insect other than the honeybee that has been domesticated.
Which plant should be used to attract swallowtail butterflies?
The parsley plant should be used to attract swallowtail butterflies; they like to lay eggs in it.
How many species of butterflies are in danger of extinction?
There are currently 40 endangered species of butterflies. This is sue to the destruction of their habitat and because they are susceptible to poisoning by insecticides.
Which of the butterfly and moth's five senses is most sensitive?
Butterflies and moths have a highly developed sense of smell. They use their antenna to smell and to hear.
What shape are a moth and butterfly's eye lenses?
Moths and butterfly's have compound eyes, made up of many hexagonal lenses, so that it looks like honeycomb.
What do moths and butterflies use their legs for?
Moths and butterflies have long and slender legs, which are capable of crawling only.
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