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Butterfly or Moth - What’s the Difference?

5. Colors

Is the animal colorful or not? Many butterflies boast light, bright colors. Moths are mostly brown, white or black and have camouflage patterns that make them “invisible” (see the peppered moth). But there are also moths that have light colors and are active during the day. Just like there are plain, nondescript butterflies.

Butterfly

European Peacock European Peacock - Photo: Marek Mierzejewski/Shutterstock

Moth

Giant Peacock Moth Giant Peacock Moth - Photo: Dmytro Pylypenko/Shutterstock


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