Moth Facts

Moths, the cousins of butterflies, are part of the order Lepidoptera. The best way to tell the difference between moths and butterflies is to look at their antennae. All butterfly species typically have thin antenna while moth species have antenna of all shapes and styles. There are over 11,000 species of moth in the United States. Some moth species are serious pests that damage crops, fabrics and textiles and packaged food products.