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Moths and Butterflies

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

Moths and Butterflies are very much alike, but here are a few things to look out for so you will be able to tell them apart.

  • Butterfies have chrysalis. A chrysalis is in fact a stage of a butterflies life (the four stages are egg, caterpillar, chrysalis (or pupa), and adult moth or butterfly). Its part of their transfermation from a caterpillar to a butterfly.
  • Moths build a protective case around their chrysalis called a cocoon. A cocoon is an outer rapping made by the caterpillar using silk produced from glands in the caterpillar’s mouth.
  • When a butterfly rests with their wings closed, and moths rest with their wings open.
  • Moths spend most of their short lives (up to 2 to 4 weeks) looking for a place to lay their eggs.
  • Butterflies fly and eat in the daytime while most moths fly and eat at night.
  • Moths have short, thick, feather-like antennas while butterflies have long, thin, smooth ones with knobs at the end.
  • Butterflies have slender bodies and moths have chubbier ones.

Emperor Moth   

Emperor Moth

  Buckeye Butterfly

Buckeye Butterfly

September 15, 2006 at 10:03 pm 1 comment


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