Differences between Butterflies and Moths

Butterflies and moths look very much alike. Here are some general differences between them but there are exceptions.
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  • Knobs at the ends of their thread-like antennae
  • Feathery antennae
  • Slender, hairless bodies
  • Fat, hairy bodies
  • Brightly coloured wings
  • Wing colour and pattern play a key role in courtship.
  • Fly during the day
  • Rest with their wings upright over their bodies
  • Dull shades of brown
  • Females release a chemical signal to attract males.
  • Fly at dusk or at night
  • Rest with their wings spread out flat

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