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20 moth species more beautiful than butterflies

Japanese silk moth: Endemic to Japan, this silk moth has made its way around the world as an import of the silk trade and can now be found in southeastern Europe and is spreading north. It has been part of the silk trade for more than years.

Suraka Silk Moth (Antherina suraka) portrait, showing back with wings spread displaying shades of pink, MadagascarScientific name: Antherina suraka

Suraka Silk Moth (Antherina suraka) portrait, showing back with wings spread displaying shades of pink, MadagascarScientific name: Antherina suraka - INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL!

Photos from the Yasuni Research Station at www.flickr.com/photos/andreaskay/sets/72157646110845413

Tiger moths belong to the Arctiidae family, which includes over neotropical species like this Zatrephes trailii.

White-lined sphinx moth: This large species found from Canada down through Central America can be spotted from April through October as it flits, hummingbird-like, from flower to flower as it feeds.

20 moth species more beautiful than butterflies

Hyles lineata, White-lined sphinx moth: This large species found from Canada down through Central America can be spotted from April through October as it flits, hummingbird-like, from flower to flower as it feeds.

io moth: male above & female below

Io Moth (Automeris io) is a very colorful North American moth - Both sexes have one big black to bluish eyespot on each hindwing, a defense mechanism meant to frighten off potential predators. (Photo by Igor Siwanowicz)

Undoubtedly the most charmingly-named member of the insect kingdom, the Madagascar moon moth fairy.

The most charmingly-named member of the insect kingdom, the Madagascar moon moth ((Argema mittrei). This very large member of the silk moth family has a wingspan of about & tailspan of about It is endangered in the wild due to habitat loss.

Polyphemus Moth (Antheraea-polyphemus).                    ("Polyphemus Moth - Pixdaus.")

Said to be the most common of North America's giant silk moths, the Polyphemus was named after the one-eyed giant of Greek mythology because of the large eyespots on its hindwings. The spots on all four wings are transparent.

moth - Grammia incorrupta

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