TEXAS BUTTERFLIES & MOTHS
Butterflies and moths are some of the most recognizable and beautiful insects. Together, both groups are known as the Lepidoptera (pronounced Leh-pih-DOP-ter-ra), meaning “scale wing” due to the minute scales that cover their wings.
Texas has over 430 native species of butterflies, more than any other state. This is likely due to the state’s large size, diverse communities and habitats, and geographic location–especially its extension into subtropical latitudes. This case shows off a small sampling of some of these native butterflies and moths and further explains the similarities and differences between the two.