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What is the difference between a moth and a butterfly?

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.


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