A moth and a butterfly sure can look alike, and they both belong to the same insect family (Lepidoptera) but there are a few differences to look for so that you can tell them apart:
- Butterflies usually rest with their wings closed, while moths rest with their wings open.
- Butterflies have long, thin antenna, while moths have shorter feathery antennas.
- Butterflies generally gather food during the day while moths are seen more at nighttime.
- Most moths make a silky cocoon, while butterflies usually make a shiny chrysalis
By the way, did you know that the largest moth, the Atlas moth, can grow to be over 6 inches wide! That’s one big moth.