Monthly Archives: July 2010


Lepidoptera. The word doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, but you can use it the next time you refer to any of the world’s many thousands of species of butterflies and moths. They are all lepidopterans. The word comes from … Continue reading

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The First Butterflies

Paleontologists – scientists who study fossils – believe that the first butterflies appeared on Earth between 40 and 50 million years ago during the Age of Mammals. Moths appeared much earlier – during the Age of Dinosaurs – perhaps as … Continue reading

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