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Butterflies & moths

ORDER: LEPIDOPTERA

(Ancient Greek - lepis = scale ; pteron = wing)

The most easily recognised garden insects, herbivorous larvae (caterpillars) feed on plants, adult feed on nectar through a long proboscis

Insects in this order

  • Cinnabar moth

    ©Archie Mathison Tyria jacobaeae Family: Erebidae This day flying moth belongs to the subfamily Arctiinae, which contains roughly 11,000 species around the world. The Erebidae family includes tiger moths, lichen moths, wasp moths and the footmen moths. The cinnabar moth is the only species within...
  • Red admiral

    © Jenny Bailey Red Admiral butterfly, Vanessa atalanta , on Mahonia, Commended 2012 NIW Photography Competition adult category The wings of butterflies and moths are covered with many tiny scales, which are pigmented or iridescent, creating attractive and distinctive patterns of colour that...
  • Riband Wave Moth

    © Colin Rew Idaea aversata There are almost 2000 different moth species in Britain, rather more than the 50 to 60 butterflies. Moths are mostly nocturnal, but some species are day-flying and often brightly coloured. The Riband Wave Moth is a common moth species throughout Britain...

Did you know?

Craftiest

Some moths evade bat echolocation by falling fast, ‘shouting’ back, sound warnings of poison and mimicking each other.

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