Butterflies and moths of north america bamona is an ambitious effort to collect store and share species information and occurrence data you can participate by taking and submitting photographs of butterflies moths and caterpillars. Showcase of the various butterflies and moths of north america overview butterflies and the related skippers are the quintessential summertime insect across north america representing 760 complete species while a full 12000 are known to roam north america and some 165000 have been categorized worldwide. Butterflies are a natural monophyletic group often given the suborder rhopalocera which includes papilionoidea true butterflies hesperiidae skippers and hedylidae butterfly moths in this taxonomic scheme moths belong to the suborder heterocera . Butterflies and moths members of an insect order characterized by two pairs of large scale covered membranous wings adults are additionally characterized by a pair of well developed compound eyes mouthparts consisting of a long coiled sucking tube or proboscis and prominent antennae. Butterflies tend to fold their wings vertically up over their backs moths tend to hold their wings in a tent like fashion that hides the abdomen butterflies are typically larger and have more colorful patterns on their wings moths are typically smaller with drab colored wings anatomy moths have a frenulum which is a wing coupling device
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