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Labial palps are the mustache-like scaly mouthparts of adult butterflies that are on each side of the proboscis. These palps are covered with sensory hairs and scales, and test whether something is food or not.
The labium is the lower "lip" of insects (like butterflies and moths). It is below the butterfly's proboscis.
The labrum is the upper "lip" of insects (like butterflies and moths). It is above the butterfly's proboscis.
(pl. larvae) The immature form of an insect that develops from an egg and eventually turns into a pupa. The larva of butterflies and moths is called the caterpillar. Larvae eat almost constantly and molt many times as they grow.
Butterflies and moth, like other insects, have six jointed legs in their adult stage. These three pairs of legs are attached to the thorax, one pair in each segment of the thorax.
Lepidoptera (meaning "scale wing") is an order of insects that is characterized by having four large, scaly wings and a spiral proboscis. Butterflies and moths belong to the order Lepidoptera. There are about 150,000 named species of butterflies and moth (over 87% are moths).
A lepidopterist is a scientist who studies butterflies and moths.
Butterflies go through four different life stages: the egg, larva (caterpillar), pupa, and adult.
The Linnean System is a method of classifying organisms based on a simple hierarchical structure. Organisms are divided into groups using the following system: Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus and Species.
A green moth with long hindwing tails and distinctive eyespots.
The gossamar-winged butterflies (family Lycaenidae) include the hairstreaks, coppers, blues, and harvesters. They are small butterflies - some have a tail-like projection on the bottom of the hind wings (hence their name - hairstreak). Males have reduced forelegs. The undersides of the wings are speckled. The caterpillars are slug-like.
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