Butterfly and Moth Differences

Spots Some Differences

- Butterflies do not have mouths for biting or chewing, therefore butterflies do not eat solid foods. The mouthparts of most adult butterflies consist of a long curled tube which is known as the proboscis. The proboscis is used for drinking liquids such as nectar, tree sap and water. When the butterfly is not feeding the proboscis is curled (coiled) up below its head.  Their taste sensors are located in their feet and by standing on their food they can taste it.
- Some moths do not have a proboscis. They tend to live off their fat reserves from their larval stage.

- Butterflies fly around during the day feeding on nectar from flowers, chase each other, lay eggs or simply bask in the sun.
- Moths (butterflys' cousins) are night-time flyers (nocturnal).

- The bodies of a butterflies are smooth.
- The bodies of moths are fuzzy and plump.

- Both butterflies and moths have antennas.

- The antennas of a butterfly have a small rounded club at the tip of each antenna.
- Moths antennas can be thin or feathery at the tips.

- When at rest, butterflies wings are positioned vertically together (upright) above their bodies.
- When at rest, moths wings lay horizontal across their bodies.

- Butterflies forewings and hindwings are not joined together..
- Moths forewings and hindwings are joined together by a hook.