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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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Not many insects have scales on their wings, and those found on the wings of butterflies and moths are very different from those of other insects that do possess them.
This was no small study: He and his colleagues watched butterflies and moths outdoors and also looked at historical records for more than 1,100 types of the creatures.
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.
Flower nectar is the preferred food of adult butterflies and moths, but they will also eat pollen, rotting fruit, carrion, and dung.
However, in order for measures to be effectively implemented, it is essential to know where the butterflies and moths are located and why they are threatened.
Butterflies and moths respond very rapidly to landscape-scale conservation, the charity said, and projects focused on a single species can and do benefit a whole suite of other species which have broadly the same requirement.
Kate Merry, project development officer for Butterfly Conservation, said: "Pears and other fruit trees are fantastic feeding stations for our butterflies and moths.
I WAS pleased to see Graham Porter highlighting the delight of butterflies and moths in his gardening column.
They need people to spend just 15 minutes in a sunny spot recording and counting all the butterflies and moths that they see.
Hot, humid atmospheres provide the perfect conditions for hundreds of beautiful and exotic butterflies and moths to thrive.
Sandved's quest to find the entire alphabet--first on the wings of butterflies and moths, titan in other natural objects--has taken him to the far reaches of the globe, including New York State.