Marvellous moths !
A gallery of photographs taken by Adrian Hoskins
It is wrong to think of butterflies and moths as being different things. They are simply unscientific terms we use to differentiate between certain groups of families within the Lepidoptera. The families we classify as butterflies are the Hesperiidae, Papilionidae, Pieridae, Riodinidae, Lycaenidae and Nymphalidae, all of which have clubbed tips to the antennae, and most of which fly during the daytime. Moths are generally supposed to be dull in colour, have unclubbed antennae, and fly at night. There are however many moths which have clubbed antennae ( Zygaenidae, Castniidae ), a huge number which fly in sunlight ( Arctiidae, Lasiocampidae, Zygaenidae, Castniidae etc ), and many which have bright colours and patterns that would put most butterflies to shame.
Click on the links below to access the thumbnail galleries which depict hundreds of fascinating and beautiful moths from around the world. 
Deilephila elpenor ( Sphingidae ), England

Acraga moorei, Peru
Zygaena filipendulae ( Zygaenidae ), England

Argema mimosae ( Saturniidae ), Tanzania, captive bred in UK


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