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asked in category: General Last Updated: 9th May, 2020

How can you tell a moth from a butterfly?

What is the difference between a moth and a butterfly?
  1. Butterflies usually rest with their wings closed, while moths rest with their wings open.
  2. Butterflies have long, thin antenna, while moths have shorter feathery antennas.
  3. Butterflies generally gather food during the day while moths are seen more at nighttime.

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Furthermore, does a moth become a butterfly?

One day, the caterpillar stops eating, hangs upside down from a twig or leaf and spins itself a silky cocoon or molts into a shiny chrysalis. Within its protective casing, the caterpillar radically transforms its body, eventually emerging as a butterfly or moth.

Likewise, what are the similarities between moths and butterflies? Shape and structure of antennae The most obvious difference is in the feelers, or antennae. Most butterflies have thin slender filamentous antennae which are club shaped at the end. Moths, on the other hand, often have comb-like or feathery antennae, or filamentous and unclubbed.

In respect to this, do all caterpillars turn into butterflies or moths?

The word caterpillar refers to the larval stage of the butterflies and moths, so all caterpillars become either a butterfly or a moth. There are, however, some larval insects that look very similar to caterpillars. The most likely to be encountered are the larvae of sawflies, which are actually wasps and not flies.

What do moths turn into?

Moth larvae, or caterpillars, make cocoons from which they emerge as fully grown moths with wings. Some moth caterpillars dig holes in the ground, where they live until they are ready to turn into adult moths.

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