World’s Weirdest Moths

Brahmin Moth

Luna Moth

Hummingbird Hawkmoth

The Hummingbird Hawkmoth (Macroglossum stellatarum) looks like a hummingbird. It hums when it flies, hovers and feeds on flowers just like one, too - so it’s easy to mistake one for a tiny bird!

Atlas Moth and White Witch

White witch moth (Thysania agrippina). Image: Stephane Larroque

Hornet Moth

Io Moth

Giant Leopard moth. Image: normanack [Flickr]

White Plume Moth

Poplar Hawk Moth

Death’s Head Hawkmoth

Io moth larva. Image: sarowen [Flickr]

Butterflies and moths belong to the order Lepidoptera, which is derived from the Greek words for "scaled wing." There are over 180,000 species in this order, only about 10 percent, however, are butterflies - the rest are moths. The first primitive moths evolved over 140 million years ago (butterflies, the belles of the ball, came fashionably late about 40 million years ago).

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