Are moths and butterflies the same

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Of Moths and Butterflies by V.R. Christensen

Archer Hamilton is a collector of rare and beautiful insects. Gina Shaw is a servant in his uncle’s house. Clearly out of place in the position in which she has been discovered, she becomes a source of fascination . . . and curiosity.

A girl with a blighted past and a fortune she deems a curse, Gina has lowered herself in order to find escape from her family and their scheming designs. But when she is found, the stakes suddenly become dire.

All Gina wants is the freedom to live her life as she would wish. All her aunts want is the money that comes with her. But there is more than one way to trap an insect. An arranged marriage might turn out profitable for more parties than one.

Mr. Hamilton is about to make the acquisition of a lifetime. But will the price be worth it? Can a woman captured and acquired learn to love the man who has bought her?
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Butterfly or Moth?

Butterflies, skippers and moths all belong in the insect order Lepidoptera. However, there are some overall rules that can be used to tell a moth from a butterfly or skipper.
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Comparison of butterflies and moths

Suppose a beautiful insect lands on your arm late one afternoon while you're relaxing outside. You can see six legs and two antennae coming from on its narrow body, and it has four wide, sweeping, green wings with delicate red and yellow accents. If you carefully touch a wing, a little bit of powder comes off on your finger. It's obvious to you that this insect either a butterfly or a moth -- but which is it? Butterflies and moths have a lot in common. They're both part of the scientific order Lepidoptera , meaning scale winged. The name comes from those powdery scales that come off when they're touched.

These scales are actually modified hairs. Butterflies and moths belong to the order Lepidoptera (from the Greek lepis meaning scale and pteron meaning wing ).
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What is the difference between butterflies and moths?

A common classification of the Lepidoptera involves their differentiation into butterflies and moths. 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. Other taxonomic schemes have been proposed; the most common putting the butterflies into the suborder Ditrysia and then the "superfamily" Papilionoidea , and ignoring a classification for moths. While the butterflies form a monophyletic group, the moths, which comprise the rest of the Lepidoptera, do not.

Butterflies and moths share a lot in common. Both species are insects, they both start life as caterpillars, and they both sport large, lustrous wings. But there are also clear scientific differences that separate the two—and you don't need to be an entomologist to recognize them. Moths and butterflies look and behave so similarly because they comprise the same order of insects. Organisms in the order Lepidoptera are defined by their scaled wings and the straw-like mouthparts they use to sip fluids. They are born as larvae with segmented bodies and chewing mouthparts and undergo metamorphosis to reach their mature forms.

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  1. Moths and butterflies both belong to the order Lepidoptera, but there are numerous physical and behavioral differences between the two insect types.

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