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ALL ABOUT BUTTERFLIES!

Butterfly Calendar
What is a Butterfly? Life Cycle Butterfly Anatomy Information Sheets Glossary Printables and Activities

What is a Butterfly?
What is a Butterfly? Butterfly or Moth? Senses Defense Mechanisms Extremes: Biggest, Smallest, ... Classification Butterfly Gardens


CLASSIFICATION OF BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS

Butterflies and moth belong to the order Lepidoptera. Lepidos is Greek for "scales" and ptera means "wing". These scaled wings are different from the wings of any other insects. Lepidoptera is a very large group; there are more types of butterflies and moths than there are of any other type of insects except beetles. It is estimated that there are about 120,000 different species of butterflies and moths (divided in over 135 families).

Kingdom Animalia (animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (arthropods, invertebrate animals with an exoskeleton, a segmented body, and jointed legs)
Class Insecta (insects, arthropods with 6 legs, 2 antennae, and a 3-part body)
Order Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)





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