Moth vs. Butterfly

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Main Difference

The main difference between Moth and Butterfly is that the Moth is a suborder of insects and Butterfly is a insect of the order Lepidoptera.

  • Moth

    Moths are a polyphyletic group of insects that includes all members of the order Lepidoptera that are not butterflies, with moths making up the vast majority of the order. There are thought to be approximately 160,000 species of moth, many of which have yet to be described. Most species of moth are nocturnal, but there are also crepuscular and diurnal species.

  • Butterfly

    Butterflies are insects in the macrolepidopteran clade Rhopalocera from the order Lepidoptera, which also includes moths. Adult butterflies have large, often brightly coloured wings, and conspicuous, fluttering flight. The group comprises the large superfamily Papilionoidea, which contains at least one former group, the skippers (formerly the superfamily “Hesperioidea”), and the most recent analyses suggest it also contains the moth-butterflies (formerly the superfamily “Hedyloidea”). Butterfly fossils date to the Paleocene, which was about 56 million years ago.

    Butterflies have the typical four-stage insect life cycle. Winged adults lay eggs on the food plant on which their larvae, known as caterpillars, will feed. The caterpillars grow, sometimes very rapidly, and when fully developed, pupate in a chrysalis. When metamorphosis is complete, the pupal skin splits, the adult insect climbs out, and after its wings have expanded and dried, it flies off. Some butterflies, especially in the tropics, have several generations in a year, while others have a single generation, and a few in cold locations may take several years to pass through their entire life cycle.

    Butterflies are often polymorphic, and many species make use of camouflage, mimicry and aposematism to evade their predators. Some, like the monarch and the painted lady, migrate over long distances. Many butterflies are attacked by parasites or parasitoids, including wasps, protozoans, flies, and other invertebrates, or are preyed upon by other organisms. Some species are pests because in their larval stages they can damage domestic crops or trees; other species are agents of pollination of some plants. Larvae of a few butterflies (e.g., harvesters) eat harmful insects, and a few are predators of ants, while others live as mutualists in association with ants. Culturally, butterflies are a popular motif in the visual and literary arts.

  • Moth (noun)

    A usually butterflies by feather-like antennae.

  • Moth (noun)

    Anything that gradually and silently eats, consumes, or wastes any other thing.

  • Moth (noun)

    The plant ver=161009, moth bean.

  • Moth (verb)

    To hunt for moths.

  • Butterfly (noun)

    A flying insect of the order Lepidoptera, distinguished from moths by their diurnal activity and generally brighter colouring. from 11th c.

  • Butterfly (noun)

    A use of surgical tape, cut into thin strips and placed across an open wound to hold it closed.

    “butterfly tape”

  • Butterfly (noun)

    The butterfly stroke. from 20th c.

  • Butterfly (noun)

    Someone seen as being dressed gaudily; someone flighty and unreliable. from 17th c.

  • Butterfly (verb)

    To cut (food) almost entirely in half and spread the halves apart, in a shape suggesting the wings of a butterfly.

    “butterflied shrimp”

    “Butterfly the chicken before you grill it.”

  • Butterfly (verb)

    To cut strips of surgical tape or plasters into thin strips, and place across (a gaping wound) to close it.

  • Butterfly (noun)

    a nectar-feeding insect with two pairs of large, typically brightly coloured wings that are covered with microscopic scales. Butterflies are distinguished from moths by having clubbed or dilated antennae, holding their wings erect when at rest, and being active by day.

  • Butterfly (noun)

    having a two-lobed shape resembling the spread wings of a butterfly

    “a butterfly clip”

  • Butterfly (noun)

    a showy or frivolous person

    “a social butterfly”

  • Butterfly (noun)

    a fluttering and nauseous sensation felt in the stomach when one is nervous.

  • Butterfly (noun)

    a stroke in swimming in which both arms are raised out of the water and lifted forwards together.

  • Butterfly (verb)

    split (a piece of meat or fish) almost in two and spread it out flat

    “butterfly the shrimp using a small sharp knife”

Oxford Dictionary

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