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Butterflies and moths

There are many more moth species that butterflie species - almost 7 times as many!
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Butterflies belong to a group of insects called the Lepidoptera. They share this grouping with the moths. Of the 165,000 species within the Lepidoptera, 145,000 are in fact moths. There is not in fact much difference between the two groups, except that moths are usually active at night, have furrier bodies and are mostly dull colored.

Moths also spread their wings out sideways when they are at rest. Butterflies usually fold their wings when resting.