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volume 10
spring 2020

In this issue, explore the amazing species of Lepidoptera, better known as butterflies and moths.

Uncover their beautiful variations, amazing life cycles, and impactful contributions to our world.


scaled wings

Article by Greg Pohl

he insect order Lepidoptera comprises the butterflies, moths, and skippers. Lepidoptera, means “scale winged” in Greek because of the tiny scales covering their wings and body. Like all insects, Lepidoptera have a hard outer covering called an exoskeleton which is divided into sections with joints so the animal can move. Also like other insects, butterflies and moths  —  subscribe to continue reading

The earliest known Lepidoptera fossils found are about 190 million years old.
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Conserving butteflies will improve our whole environment for wildlife.

more than just a
natural beauty

Article by National Butterfly Conservation

utterflies conjure up images of sunshine, the warmth and colour of flowery meadows, and summer gardens teaming with life. Moths are one of the most diverse group of insects on earth, ranging from spectacular Hawk moths to small, intricately patterned Footman moths.
Sadly, four butterflies and over 60 moths became extinct during the last 150 years. Three quarters of British butterflies are in decline and many moths are  —  subscribe to continue reading

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the blueprint
anatomy of lepidoptera

Article by Dr. Nelson Bryant

oths and butterflies are made up of many different parts. From their antennea to the tips of their wings, they have an amazing internal and external anatomy. To see the infographic blueprint breakdown of moth and butterfly anatomy  —  become a subscriber

  • Butterflies have knobbed antennae, while moths have antennae that are fuzzy and lack knobs
  • Moths are mainly active at night, opposite of butterflies, who fly during the day
  • Butterflies are generally brighter in color than moths because they fly in the day, when colors can be seen.

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