Similarities between Butterflies and Moths

Butterflies and Moths belong to the Lepidoptera group of insects. Like all insects they have a three-part body (consisting of a head, a thorax and an abdomen), three pairs of jointed legs, compound eyes and a segmented exoskeleton.


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Butterflies and moths are insects and all insects have six legs. Some butterflies and moths may look as if they have only four legs, this is due to their front two legs are very tiny.

All butterflies and moths have two fore wings and two hind wings which total four wings. The upper sides and the under sides are usually entirely different in colours.

Their wings of scales are covered by thousands of tiny scales that create colorful wing patterns and help the butterflies and moths to hide from their predators, find a mate and to communicate.

Butterflies and moths, like bees, are pollinators of crops and wild flora.

Both butterflies and moths regulate their body temperature.

The life span of most butterflies and moths is very short, usually just long enough to lay their eggs – about a 2-3 month span.