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Lep·i·dop·ter·a

(lep'i-dop'tĕr-ă),
An order of insects composed of the moths and butterflies, characterized by wings covered with delicate scales.
[G. lepis, scale, + pteron, wing]

Lepidoptera

(lĕp″ĭ-dŏp′tĕr-ă) [″ + pteron, feather, wing]
An order of the class Insecta that includes the butterflies, moths, and skippers; characterized by scaly wings, sucking mouth parts, and complete metamorphosis.
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Fig. 208 Lepidoptera . General structure.

Lepidoptera

the ENDOPTERYGOTE order of insects containing butterflies and moths, characterized by the presence of scales on the wings and body. Butterflies and moths are no longer classed as separate taxa. The larvae are caterpillars, which feed mainly on plant tissues; the winged adults are usually nectar feeders and are important in pollination.
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On the other hand, maybe these changes won't make a difference: Altermatt doesn't know whether the extra generations of butterflies and moths survived.
The reasons for the fall in woodland butterflies and moths are complex but have been linked to a decline in woodland management and the loss of traditional skills, such as coppicing, which create sunny, open paths and glades.
My sources of reference include the internet, books A Field Guide to Caterpillars of Butterflies and Moths in Britain and Europe, A Field Guide in Colour to Butterflies and Moths and The Wildlife of Netherton and District, 1971 to 1982 Second Edition.
Blue tits eat 40 caterpillars an hour when they've got young - luckily, butterflies and moths have lots of eggs.
It's the first time in years that increased numbers have been sighted in the isolated colony in Monkwood purchased back in the 1980s by Worcestershire Wildlife Trust and Butterfly Conservation who both realised its importance to butterflies and moths.
We will now direct conservation work onto a much larger range of butterflies and moths and their habitats than we have before.
It was an exciting find for Joyce, who has been attending a Warwick University course on butterflies and moths.
FLUTTER POWER Though butterflies and moths aren't exactly hunks of rippling muscle, some add their own power when riding on the wind.
Quarry company Cemex UK and charity Butterfly Conservation are sending leaflets with tips on how to protect butterflies and moths to schools across South Wales.
BIRD-WATCHERS in Nuneaton and Bedworth are to be given an insight into the world of other winged creatures - butterflies and moths.
Throughout his life, writer Vladimir Nabokov was obsessed with butterflies and moths, and had a distinguished name among fellow lepidopterists as a superb technician, identifying and naming several important species.