Marvellous moths !
A gallery of
photographs taken by Adrian Hoskins
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