Butterflies are a group of insects.
Butterflies, along with moths, form the group called Lepidoptera. They are insects that fly during the day and are usually brightly coloured. Butterflies most commonly rest with their wings brought together above the body. In most cases the antennae terminate with a noticeable club. Their larvae are known as caterpillars and they are usually quite conspicuous.
Number of UK species: 59
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