Butterfly, Moth, or Both?
Did you know that butterflies are actually a type of moth? Butterflies are simply a small, recently evolved line of day-flying moths. Primitive moths first appeared about 195 million years ago, whereas the oldest butterfly fossil is about 55 million years old. Today, moths outnumber butterflies 15 to 1.
This luna moth, a native of North America, is one of the 150,000 species of moths alive today.
Visit the Museum’s Winged Tapestries exhibition to see large scale, high resolution photographs of this and 33 other moth species by Jim des Rivières.