What's the difference between a moth and a butterfly?

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Think about butterflies and think about moths. In lots of ways, they’re very similar! Both are built similarly with features like wings and antenna. They’re even classified together by experts as part of the same scientific order. So, what’s the difference??

Many of the differences between butterflies and moths can be distinguished by how they look and how they behave. For example, butterflies tend to be bigger and brightly colored while moths are usually smaller and have duller wing colors. Butterflies who have landed somewhere also tend to keep their wings folded up over their bodies, while moths usually fan theirs out!

If you can see closely enough, one of the best ways to tell the difference between a butterfly and a moth is to look at the antenna! Butterflies have long, smooth antennae with a round bulb at the end of each. Moths’ antennae are less smooth and might almost look notched. 

Of course, you can also just think about what time of day it is! Most moths hang out at night, while butterflies tend to be all about daytime!
 
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    Here are some other neat facts about butterflies and moths!

    • The biggest types of butterflies live in the rainforest in Papua New Guinea. Their wings can be as big as 11 inches across! 
    • The smallest types of butterflies, which are found in Africa and North America, are quite little: Their wingspan can be as little as ¼ -inch! 
    • There are more species of moths than of butterflies. In fact, there are over 200,000 known species of moths, and probably even more that haven’t been identified yet!
    • Because moths mostly fly at night, they use the starry sky to find their way around!

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