What's The Difference Between Moths And Butterflies?

Butterflies and moths have a lot in common, they both start their lives as caterpillars before transforming into their adult flying forms. They both eat nectar from flowers and other liquids like mineral-filled standing water and the juice from rotting fruit.
The differences between butterflies and moths are separated into two categories: behavior and anatomy.

  • Nocturnal: Flying and feeding at night.
  • Wings: Moths tend to keep their wings draped down their backs or spread out to the side.
  • Pupate: Moths often spin a silk cocoon around their chrysalis.
  • Antennae: Often feathery.
  • Body: Fuller and fuzzier.


  • Diurnal: Active during the day hours.
  • Wings: Butterflies tend to hold their wings upright and folded together.
  • Pupate: No silk cocoon.
  • Antennae: Wider at tips, looking like cubs.
  • Body: Smaller and smoother.

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Of corse there are more ways to tell the difference, to learn more visit http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/life/zoology/insects-arachnids/moth-versus-butterfly2.htm.


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