Moths vs. Butterflies (Grade 9)
Moths vs. Butterflies
Both moths and butterflies are covered in soft, hair-like scales, have two sets of delicate, patterned wings, and start their lives as caterpillars that later transform inside cocoons. The biggest difference between the two is found in their antenna. While a butterfly's antennae are long, and shaped like clubs, moths' antennae have rough or jagged edges like feathers or saws.
Between the two insects, butterflies are typically larger and far more colorful. Although moths have beautiful patterns on their wings, they tend to be in muted shades of gray and brown, as opposed to the bright and vibrant oranges, blues, reds, and greens of butterflies.
Perhaps the biggest clue as to whether you are seeing a moth or butterfly is the time of day you spot it. Butterflies prefer to fly around in the bright sunshine, while moths certainly favor the dark night hours.
- Bright colors
- Soft scales
- Patterned wings
- Feathered antenna
- Moths have two set of wings.
- Moths tend to only fly at night.
- Moths begin life as a caterpillar.
- Moths have club-shaped antenna.
- Both have feathered antennae.
- Both have bright, colorful wings.
- Both have the same schedule for flying and sleeping.
- Both have a coating of soft scales like tiny hair.