Why are moths attracted to lights and flames but not butterflies?

  1. Myn Is Me profile image70
    Myn Is Meposted 6 years ago

    Why are moths attracted to lights and flames but not butterflies?

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    erickcbposted 6 years ago

    For most moths being dark and ugly, I would say they need the light to feel beautiful. Butterflies being usually bright and beautiful, obviously don't need light because it's already within them- cause of their outer beauty :]

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    Caveman Etrisposted 6 years ago

    The real answer is that butterflies are not nocturnal and therefore never used celestial navigation to travel or migrate, as moths have throughout history. Some moths will mistake artificial light for moonlight. Most moths are nocturnal but a few species can be seen during the day, just not sitting out in the Sun as butterflies do. Some butterfly species are active at dusk but most are day active and do not use moonlight for navigation. Moths that travel and migrate will use moonlight when the Moon is visible but also have internal geomagnetic compasses. Migrating butterflies, such as the Monarch, use the Sun and Earth's magnetic field to navigate. Butterflies do not migrate during the night.

 
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