|Green Hairstreak by Andrew Malcolm|
Butterflies, along with moths, are part of the order Lepidoptera. This reflects the fact that their wings are covered in scales. A readily distinguishing feature from moths is their clubbed antennae, which moths don’t have. Moreover butterflies are a day flying or diurnal contrasting with moths, which are usually, though not exclusively, nocturnal. As butterflies are sun loving they occur in summer and autumn, and rarely in winter!
|Marsh Fritillary by John Joe Cahill|
|Green Hairstreaks Mating by Francis O'Connell|