Butterflies, along with moth and skippers, make up the insect order Lepidoptera.
Butterflies are nearly worldwide in their distribution. The wings, bodies, and legs, like those of moth, are covered with dustlike scales that come off when the animal is handled.
Unlike moths, butterflies are active during the day and are usually brightly coloured or strikingly patterned.
The most distinctive physical feature of the butterfly are its club-tipped antennae and its habit of holding the wings vertically over the back when at rest.
Few years ago, in Italy, a new species of butterfly, unkown until that moment, was discovered, the Monopis Jussii. This butterfly belongs to the moth family.
This butterfly arouse interest in the scientific world since its caterpillar develop almost exclusively in the nests of the capogrosso owl and they feed on a substance from the feathers of this bird



Marta Baldazzi


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