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Last updated 08/15/2005
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Lepidoptera - Butterflies & Moths
TheLepidoptera is characterized by their scaly wings, which is what'lepid-optera' means. While butterflies are much better known, they arevastly outnumbered by their moth relatives. The differences betweenthese groups are often emphasized (butterflies being day-flying,brightly colored, and having knobbed antennae), but they share manymore similarities. All develop from a plant-feeding caterpillar, whichtransforms into a pupa (or 'chrysalis' as the butterfly pupa isgenerally called) on its way to becoming a winged adult.
Thebutterfly fauna (25 species) of Coal Oil Point is well known thanks tothe efforts of local enthusiast Nick Lethaby, who provided our specieslist. The moths at the Reserve have not been as well studied. Thoughwe've collected many, the malaise trapped specimens are difficult toidentify. Some additional moth-specific collecting will be needed toestimate their diversity.
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