Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua


Moths and butterflies have three main body parts: the head, thorax and abdomen. The two pairs of wings and six legs are attached to the thorax.

Is it a moth or a butterfly?

Moths and butterflies are all Lepidoptera. Although most butterflies fly during the day so do a lot of moths. Butterflies tend to be more brightly coloured, but not always – some moths are very brightly coloured. Butterflies have clubbed antennae, whereas moths have feathery or simple antennae.

Common Otago Macro Moths: Image Gallery