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White lk, MI(Zone 5a)

Is this a moth or butterfly?

Thumbnail by SandyD
Manhattan Beach, CA(Zone 11)

It is an Angel Wing butterfly called Satyr.
Polygonia satyrus

Churchill, Victoria, Australia(Zone 10a)

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

Churchill, Victoria, Australia(Zone 10a)

Here is a good matching picture of the Question Mark http://www.butterfliesunlimited.net/Species/interrogationis.htm

Manhattan Beach, CA(Zone 11)

Yes, I know. That just proves that they practically look alike.
I don't reckon SandyD is losing any sleep over it. LOL

White lk, MI(Zone 5a)

Is it common to my area?

Valley of the Sun, AZ(Zone 9b)

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.

Manhattan Beach, CA(Zone 11)

Butterflies fly by day, moths are nocturnal.

Valley of the Sun, AZ(Zone 9b)

Butterflies have a more sprightful flutter of the wings.

Celaya, Mexico(Zone 10a)

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.

Manhattan Beach, CA(Zone 11)

Alle Regeln haben Ausnahmen.

Valley of the Sun, AZ(Zone 9b)

Ich verstehe!, ein Bissen. :-)

Manhattan Beach, CA(Zone 11)

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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