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SandyD
White lk, MI
(Zone 5a)

September 3, 2004
4:59 AM

Post #1032639

Is this a moth or butterfly?

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Ulrich
Manhattan Beach, CA
(Zone 11)

September 3, 2004
5:42 AM

Post #1032674

It is an Angel Wing butterfly called Satyr.
Polygonia satyrus
kennedyh
Churchill, Victoria
Australia
(Zone 10a)



September 3, 2004
9:37 PM

Post #1033501

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
Ulrich
Manhattan Beach, CA
(Zone 11)

September 3, 2004
10:11 PM

Post #1033534

They look the same to the untrained eye.
http://www.weaselhead.org/learn/butterflies_satyr_anglewing.asp
http://mamba.bio.uci.edu/~pjbryant/biodiv/lepidopt/nymph/satyr.htm
kennedyh
Churchill, Victoria
Australia
(Zone 10a)



September 3, 2004
10:37 PM

Post #1033567

Here is a good matching picture of the Question Mark http://www.butterfliesunlimited.net/Species/interrogationis.htm
Ulrich
Manhattan Beach, CA
(Zone 11)

September 4, 2004
12:14 AM

Post #1033653

Yes, I know. That just proves that they practically look alike.
I don't reckon SandyD is losing any sleep over it. LOL
SandyD
White lk, MI
(Zone 5a)

September 4, 2004
2:03 AM

Post #1033816

Is it common to my area?

Xenomorf

Xenomorf
Valley of the Sun, AZ
(Zone 9b)


September 4, 2004
2:25 AM

Post #1033842

SandyD,
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.
Ulrich
Manhattan Beach, CA
(Zone 11)

September 4, 2004
2:41 AM

Post #1033871

Butterflies fly by day, moths are nocturnal.

Xenomorf

Xenomorf
Valley of the Sun, AZ
(Zone 9b)


September 4, 2004
2:52 AM

Post #1033887

Butterflies have a more sprightful flutter of the wings.
PanamonCreel
Celaya
Mexico
(Zone 10a)


September 4, 2004
3:05 AM

Post #1033905

Yes they are common to your area:
http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/distr/lepid/bflyusa/mi/toc.htm

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.
Ulrich
Manhattan Beach, CA
(Zone 11)

September 4, 2004
3:24 AM

Post #1033922

Alle Regeln haben Ausnahmen.

Xenomorf

Xenomorf
Valley of the Sun, AZ
(Zone 9b)


September 4, 2004
3:37 AM

Post #1033950

Ich verstehe!, ein Bissen. :-)
Ulrich
Manhattan Beach, CA
(Zone 11)

September 4, 2004
4:14 AM

Post #1033997

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

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