View Full Version : Moth or Butt ?

The Plane
03-Oct-2009, 09:09 PM
I think below should be a moth, am I correct ?


Thanks in advance for your advice.

Great Mormon
03-Oct-2009, 10:11 PM
i see clubbed shaped antennas :P

The Plane
03-Oct-2009, 10:23 PM
Ah...I got what you mean. Next time I know how to see liao. So I was right. Thanks a lot GM !.

Great Mormon
03-Oct-2009, 10:45 PM
Its a butterfly.... looks like the Rustic that whose life history was recently featured on the blog (http://butterflycircle.blogspot.com/2009/09/life-history-of-rustic.html).

As quoted by wikipedia...

The most obvious difference is in the feelers, or antennae (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antenna_(biology)). Most butterflies have thin slender filamentous antennae which are club shaped at the end. Moths, on the other hand, often have comb-like or feathery antennae, or filamentous and unclubbed. This distinction is the basis for the earliest taxonomic divisions in the Lepidoptera - the Rhopalocera ("clubbed horn", the butterflies) and the Heterocera ("varied horn", the moths).
There are, however, exceptions to this rule and a few moths (the family Castniidae (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castniidae)) have clubbed antennae. Some butterflies, like Pseudopontia paradoxa from the forests of central Africa (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Africa), lack the club ends. The Hesperiids (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hesperioidea) often have an angle to the tip of the antenna.

Peacock Royal
03-Oct-2009, 10:47 PM
Wow, very nice open-winged Rustic shot. :thumbsup:

The Plane
03-Oct-2009, 10:52 PM
opps... so embarrass :mad2: . I was wrong :cry: . OK, I really got it now.

Should have known. Rustic was just featured in Butterflies of Singapore blog on 26 Sept ...really BK.