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Moths • Lepidoptera
Moths are closely related to the butterfly, both groups are insects, and belong to the order Lepidoptera, with Skippers also belong to this order.

There are thought to be about 130 families in this order, but opinions frequently change among Lepidoperists as to which these are. Butterflies are grouped into 5 families, with moths grouped in about 125 families world wide, of which 82 families of moths are found in Australia.

Derived from the Latin ‘lepido’ meaning scale, and ‘ptera’ meaning wing.

The most famous of the Australian moths are the Bogong Moths, found woven in Aboriginal culture and history.

Source: Australian Museum - Moths, Butterflies and Skippers
and Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia - Moth


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Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera

Moths • Other links

Australian Museum
• What are the differences between butterflies and moths?
Butterflies and Moths of North America
• Occurrence maps, species accounts, checklists and photographs.
CSIRO Entomology
• Lepidoptera: moths and butterflies.


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