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Differences between butterfly, skipper, moth

True butterflySkipperMoth
LargerSmallerSmaller
Antennae thin, with club-shaped tipsAntennae thin, with clubbed and hooked tipsAntennae feathery or comb-shaped, or filamentous and unclubbed
Usually brightly coloredUsually dull orange, tan, gold, or brownUsually drab: brown, gray, black, white, or combination; often a camouflage pattern
Active in daytimeActive in daytimeActive at night
At rest, wings usually held upright and togetherAt rest, forewings upright and together and hindwings held horizontallyAt rest, wings held flat out to the sides or folded atop the body
Body smooth, slenderBody stoutBody plump, hairy, or funny-looking
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