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Quiz: Is It A Moth or Is It A Butterfly?

There are a lot of misconceptions about the differences between moths and butterflies. Many of these have been passed down from one generation to the next, whether they are true or not. Part of the problem is that moths and butterflies look so much alike and go through the same life stages. The truth is that in many cases it is exceptionally difficult to tell them apart and even entomologists, who study insects, are occasionally stumped.

The following is a pictorial quiz. Each question will simply have a picture. The quiz will be to see how many you can identify as being either a butterfly or a moth.

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    Butterfly or moth?

    • Butterfly
    • Moth
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    Butterfly or moth?

    • Butterfly
    • Moth
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    Butterfly or moth?

    • Butterfly
    • Moth
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    Butterfly or moth?

    • Butterfly
    • Moth
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    Butterfly or moth?

    • Butterfly
    • Moth
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    Butterfly or moth?

    • Butterfly
    • Moth
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    Butterfly or moth?

    • Butterfly
    • Moth
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    Butterfly or moth?

    • Butterfly
    • Moth
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    Butterfly or moth?

    • Butterfly
    • Moth
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    Butterfly or moth?

    • Butterfly
    • Moth

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Written by Rex Trulove

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  1. Amazing, I never had to sort out butterflies from moths before! Good thing that I don’t have that job — I only got 70%, I will never forget now that some moths look like butterflies. Great job Rex, just like you always do!!

  2. 8/10. I see where problems can arise, although telling the difference is not always easy from a single glance and when you are not able to take other factors into account. There’s also the problem of butterflies/moths, just like birds, having hardly any species in common as between North America and Europe!

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    • That is quite true, John. Then there’s the fact that there are far more species of moths than butterflies and that some moths are colorful, some butterflies are drab, some of both eat nectar, and so forth. Yes, many moths and butterflies that are common in the states aren’t found in Europe and the other way around. There is also a huge number in South America that are never seen in North America.

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