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!