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CAN you identify these insects using the MCCG Digital Field Guides?
Which is the odd one out?
Common Crow (Euploea core) – photo Ed Frazer
Crow Moth (Cruria donowani) – photo Ed Frazer
White-banded Plane (Phaedyma shepherdi) – photo Ed Frazer
The Common Crow (Euploea core) and White-banded Plane (Phaedyma shepherdi) are both butterflies. The odd one out is the Crow Moth. There are several characteristics that distinguish butterflies from moths, including:
- Moths tend to rest with their wings open, whereas butterflies usually rest with their wings closed.
- Unlike butterflies, moths have a frenulum – a wing coupling device that ensures the wings travel together during flight.
- Moths tend to have feathered antennae, whereas butterfly antennae are usually long and bare, with a club end.
- Butterflies are diurnal, whereas most moths are nocturnal.