Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Difference Table between Butterflies and Moths, also their facts and information

Have you ever heard or known about the difference between Butterflies and Moths? Butterflies and Moths come under the category of Insects in Animals but they together form a Single group of more than 170,000 species! Now let’s learn about the difference of Butterflies and Moths also lets learn some incredible facts of Butterflies and Moths. Also let us learn some common facts among them…

Butterflies and Moths

Facts of Butterflies and Moths

Common facts of Butterflies and Moths

Butterflies and Moths belong to the category of Insects with scaly wings and a coiled feeding tube set. Both Butterflies and Moths form more than 170,000 species of which 90 percent are moths. They have four stages in their life cycle and in their life cycle process they change from caterpillar to an adult with wings to fly. Butterflies and Moths both feed on plants and on their abilities such as Camouflage, hairs and spines and also poisons in their body to protect themselves from predators. The wings of Butterflies and Moths have scales on them; these scales contain colored pigments in them which give them attractive appearance. Some scales in them produce colours by reflecting light. These scales overlap each other like tiles on the roof. Also both Butterflies and Moths have Antennae which helps in smelling, touching and tasting.

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Life Cycle of Butterflies and Moths

The life cycle of Butterflies and Moths are quite similar. Both start life as an egg that hatches into a caterpillar. These caterpillars feed and grow into a pupa within a certain time interval. Then the adult develops inside the pupa. This process of change is called as Metamorphosis.

Feeding of Butterflies and Moths

Adult Butterflies and Moths suck up their liquid food such as flower nectar, through a tube in front of their head called as Probosis, these proboscis help to get their food regularly.

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Difference between Butterflies and Moths-Table

In most cases Butterflies are brightly coloured and hold their wings upright while resting.
Moths are not as bright as butterfly in Colour and while resting their wings are not as grip as Butterfly’s wings.
The back and front wings are loosely joined together by a lobe on the back wing that grips the front wing of butterfly
No such lobe is present in the Moths hence lack of Grip is found in the wings of the Butterfly.
Butterflies are Active in day rather than Night.
Moths are active only at Night rather than day.
Bright Colour does not indicate that Butterflies are poison but some are poisonous.
Bright colours Indicate that Moths are Poison.
Wings are made of tough membrane supported by a network of Rigid veins.
The front and back wings are hooked together.
Butterflies open and flap their wings while resting. Butterflies pumps blood into its wings to expand and stiffen them.
Moths have narrower wings than butterflies and hence while resting they usually hold their wings open or fold them flat over their back.
Butterflies have proboscis which will be rolled up when not in use.
Some Moths do not have proboscis because they do not feed as adults.
The antennae of Butterflies are clubbed together.
The antennae of Moths range from single strands to feathery branches.
Butterflies are considered as beautiful.
Moths are considered as awful








Defense of Butterflies and Moths

  • Butterflies and Moths often fly away or hide to escape from their predators, but some of them especially moths have irritating hairs, spines and also are poisonous. The poison in both of them is often built up in a caterpillar from the plant it eats which follows them in their adult.
  • When a Butterfly is resting only the underside of its wings shows which is often coloured for camouflage. The colours of the upper side help to attract a mate.
  • Many Butterflies and Moths blend in with their surroundings at some stage of their life cycle. So they can escape predators with this ability of Camouflage.
  • False eye spots are seen on the body of both Butterflies and Moths so that predators may get confused and start pecking at these false eye spots so that minimum damage is done to them.
  • Mimicry is another camouflage technique in which Butterflies and Moths gain protection by looking like another species of Butterfly or Moth especially they show themselves as poisonous Butterfly or Moth.
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