(Greek, lepid = scale; pteron = wing)
Common Names: moths and butterflies
Distribution: Cosmopolitan
Suborders: Zeugloptera and Glossata

Most adult butterflies and moths are easily recognized by their scaled wings, but this diverse order includes some very small forms that might be difficult for an inexperienced person to recognize. Several different kinds of moths have wingless adult females, and these too might present some identification problems.

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