Bfly & Moth differences

anne kilmer viceroy at
Tue Jun 6 11:45:28 EDT 2000

JH wrote:
> Butterflies: Have organizations formed for their appreciation and
> protection, festivals thrown in their honor, habitats created for them...
> Moths: Don't
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What about Mother's Day? 

As a matter of fact, we do make moth gardens, festooned with
night-blooming cacti and datura types, white petunias and so forth. 
My hot tub is intoxicating in the evening when the brugmansia is
And I have deliberately given Virginia creeper and other comestibles
leave to dangle, along with other host plants. 
But in general, I suppose you are right. 
Let us address this problem, designing exciting gardens for every
climate. Perhaps NABA could be persuaded to pitch in? 
Anne Kilmer
south Florida and Mayo.

John Himmelman
> Killingworth, CT USA
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Chris Raper <cmt.raper at>
> To: leps-l at <leps-l at>
> Date: Tuesday, June 06, 2000 9:09 AM
> Subject: Re: Bfly & Moth differences
> >On Mon, 05 Jun 2000 18:36:32 -0400, gwang <gwang at>
> >wrote:
> >
> >>I've heard that the surest way to tell if something is a butterfly or a
> >>moth is by looking at their antennae; butterflies always have clubbed
> >>ones.
> >>My question is: is this true?  Are there no exceptions at all?
> >
> >There are always exceptions :-)
> >
> >Basically, 'moth' & 'butterfly' are unofficial and relatively
> >unscientific groupings. The main group that includes all butterflies &
> >moths is called the 'order' Lepidoptera, which is in-turn split into a
> >large number of 'families' - nearly all with long names that are
> >difficult to pronounce. Because we humans tend to like simple systems
> >we have grouped some similar families together & called them
> >'butterflies'. Butterflies _tend_ to fly during the day, have clubbed
> >antennae, usually hold their wings over their back etc - unfortunately
> >so do some moths and here is where we get the confusion!
> >
> >Best wishes,
> >Chris R.
> >
> >

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