I noticed this little guy checking out my Lantana plant and ran to get my 180mm macro lens…

butterfly on lantana

As I was culling my photos, I started thinking about the great changes a caterpillar goes through to become a butterfly or moth.

butterfly on lantana

Then I started to wonder whether this was a butterfly or a moth.  My mind immediately called it a moth because it isn’t brightly colored.  But that isn’t how you tell the difference.

butterfly on lantana

Actually, if I understand correctly, this is a butterfly because it was active during the day and it holds its wings upright.  Moths are active at night and hold their wings out to the side.  Now you know. 🙂

Until next time…

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