Is this a moth or butterfly?
CLOSED: anyone know this one?
It is an Angel Wing butterfly called Satyr.
Ulrich, it is one of the Angel Wings, but I don't think it is the Satyr. I think this one is the Question Mark Polygonia interrogationis
They look the same to the untrained eye.
Here is a good matching picture of the Question Mark http://www.butterfliesunlimited.net/Species/interrogationis.htm
Yes, I know. That just proves that they practically look alike.
I don't reckon SandyD is losing any sleep over it. LOL
The way I usaully can tell if it's a butterfly or a moth is:
A butterfly has the bulb on the ends of the antennae, and the moth has feathery things on the antennae. Plus, there's a 'very' different look of the wings.
And there's probably other ways to tell.
Yes they are common to your area:
Ulrich, there are also several diurnal moth species e.g. Hummingbird Clearwing Moth.
The thickened end on the antenna as Xenomorf mentioned above is most likely the best way to distinguish. Not all moth have the feathery antennas and some have filamentous antennas but lack the thickened ends.
Ein Bisschen (a little). Ein Bissen is 'a bite'. LOL
All I said was "there is an exception to every rule".
Edited for clarification.
This message was edited Sep 3, 2004 10:34 PM