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Is it a Butterfly or Moth?

This is a valid question on identifying something you have seen. This website only covers Butterflies that are likely to be found in New Zealand. There are also several day flying moths. Some of these are very colourful and may appear to be a butterfly at first glace. Below is a quick guide to the basic differences between Butterflies and Moths.

A Butterfly will have; A Moth will have;
  • Antennae that are smooth and have a club like end.
  • Slender body.
  • Generally rest with their wings in an upright position.
  • Generally have broad, large and colourful wing patterns.
  • Antennae that are feathery or pointed.
  • Wider Body.
  • Generally rest with their wings in an flat position.
  • The majority have smaller wings with patterns that suit daytime camouflage.


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