[quote="stinkpad"][quote="Sharon"]Is it not too pretty to be a moth?
*Oh Sharon, you have so much to learn!!
Many moths' have patterns that are beautiful in thier own right.
Many more that are surprisingly colourful.
Try and see a Small elephant hawkmoth and you will glimpse but a small part of this world (it is pink and green by the way).
You have seen that with the Burnet moth, there is red in it.
Too pretty to be a moth?
Moths supposed to be brown and boring aren't they??
That is a myth I am afraid.
Most, admittedly are, but there are still large numbers of them that are most certainly not, and you have just seen one.*
Nah, it's a moth. Butterflies fold their wings together while moths fold 'em against their backs like that litte blighter is doing.
*Only some of them, others look like butterflies too.
Europes largest species of moth for example, could be mistakes for a butterfly under your description.
There are even the likes of the Clearwings, which look like strange flies, and nothing at all like the stereotypical image of a moth.
Also, look at a hornet moth (if you don't mistake it for a wasp that is).
Watch a Hummingbird hawkmoth feeding at flowers as it hovers a few inches away, its proboscis extending into the flower.
It is interesting, and reminds me strangely of planes being refueled midflight with the big pipes.
They look kind of like Bees' as do a few other species.
The fascinating this is that there are just SO many different types and body forms.
As I have said already, there are 2600 species in this country, and 40,000 world wide.
The larger types of moth are known as 'Macro moths', but the more numerous (1600 species in this country alone), are what are known as 'Micro moths'.
These are the tiny tiny moths that you see but are so small that people generally do ont know what they are.
Q. What is the difference between a Butterfly and a moth??
They are all of the same family, Lepedoptera, and it is only through scientific classification in this country that they are regarded as being different.
In fact, in the likes of Italy and most other countries, they have no name to separate them, they are simply all known as the butterfly or Lepedoptera.
A few Moths fly during the day, and a few species of butterfly fly at night (although not in this country).
some fly in sunlight, and others don't, but they are all in essence, the same thing.
Bet you didn't know that one.
Is that enough for you??
I can always go into using pictures and diagrams........*
this is probably more than you will ever want to know about moths and butterflies
*I know, awful things, aren't they??
I can always rely on this forum to make myself feel about 10 times worse than I did before