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About moths

Poplar hawk-moth, Laothoe populi

Moths include macro moths and micro moths.

Moths, along with butterflies, form the group called Lepidoptera. They are mostly nocturnal and drab in colour, although there are several species that are more brightly coloured and some that fly during the day.

Moths usually rest with their wings flat against the surface they have landed on or with the wings held over the body like a tent. In most cases the antennae are simple, not feathered, and don.t end in a noticeable club. Their larvae are commonly known as caterpillars.

Number of UK species: about 2500

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