Moth and Butterfly Differences

on March 14, 2008

What are some difference between butterflies and moths?

Moths and butterflies are a lot alike. But there are some big differences.

Moth and Butterfly Differences


  • Active at night (nocturnal)
  • Dull colors
  • Wings rest at their sides
  • Feathered or pointed antennae
  • Thick body


  • Active during the day (diurnal)
  • Bright colors
  • Wings rest together and upright
  • Straight and clubbed antennae
  • Thin body

*There are some exceptions

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