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Lepidoptera

Posted by wildwatertv on October 2, 2009

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Lepidoptera are butterflies and moths.  Although we generally just see their wings they have interesting faces too.  The top image is a night flying moth caller the silver y moth, or Autographa gamma.  It is so called because on the dark brown wings there appears to be a small letter as in the picture below the face.  The bottom image is the face of a painted lady butterfly (Vanessa cardui). The fascinating thing about these animals is the way they gather food.  They taste with their feet and use the long rolled up tongue to reach the deepest nectaries of flowers.  The tongue is just a drinking tube really.

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