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Butterfly or Moth - What’s the Difference?


This table shows you the most important differences between butterflies and moths at a glance.


  • Feelers: Fine, small rounded ends
  • Body: Thin, smooth
  • Active: Mostly during the day
  • Wings: Closed when relaxed
  • Colors: Mostly bright and colorful


  • Feelers: Feathery, thick; small combs
  • Body: Fuzzy, hairy
  • Active: Mostly at night
  • Wings: Apart when relaxed
  • Colors: Mostly plain; lots of browns

Ornithoptera Euphorion Ornithoptera Euphorion - Photo: Marcio Jose Bastos Silva/Shutterstock


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