How Does A Butterfly Differ From A Moth?

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Note that while the following guidelines generally hold true, there are exceptions. Moths have hairy bodies, and most have tiny hooks or bristles linking the forewing to the hindwing; butterflies do not have either characteristic.

Characteristic Butterflies Moths
Antennae Knobbed Unknobbed
Active time of day Day Night
Coloration Bright Dull
Resting position of wings Vertically above body Horizontally beside body

Source: Feltwell, John. The Natural History of Butterflies, pp. 8-9.

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