|Copyright: Paulo Tcr (tcr)
|Date Taken: 2015-02|
|Camera: Panasonic FZ40|
|Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2015-04-16 12:35|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
While the butterflies form a monophyletic group, the moths, which comprise the rest of the Lepidoptera, do not. Many attempts have been made to group the superfamilies of the Lepidoptera into natural groups, most of which fail because one of the two groups is not monophyletic.
Although the rules for distinguishing moths from butterflies are not completely hard and fast, one very good guiding principle is that butterflies have thin antennae and (with one exception) have small balls or clubs at the end of their antennae. Moth antennae can be quite varied in appearance, but in particular lack the club end.
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