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How do you distinguish a moth from a butterfly? Keeping in mind that there are exceptions, below is a list of physical and behavioral differences.
- Moths are nocturnal. Butterflies are out and about during the day.
- When at rest, butterflies will fold their wings back. Moths flatten their wings against their bodies or spread them wide.
- During pupal stage, a moth cocoon is made of silk. A butterfly emerges from a chrysalis, which is hard and smooth.
- Butterfly antennae are smooth and have a ball at the tip. The moth has antennae that are feathery or like a comb.
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Above is an Emperor Gum moth.
Photo of the Emperor Gum moth by Fir0002 at English Wikipedia – Adapted (background edited) from File:Polyphemus moth.jpg (Own work) (Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons.), CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=153565