What Do Butterflies Eat?

You may think butterflies look so small and delicate that they can barely eat anything. But, like all animals, butterflies need nourish. How and when do butterflies feed? Read on to learn all about it.


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Interesting Facts About How Butterflies Eat

– Butterflies love sugary foods. – Some butterflies eat other insects. – Moths and butterflies eat the same thing. – Butterflies use a long feeding tube called a proboscis to eat.


Butterflies are insects that belong to the order Lepidoptera. This order includes moths. The name lepidoptera comes from the Greek words for wing and scale. Members of this order are the only insects that have scales on their wings.

How Can You Tell Moths and Butterflies Apart?

– Body shape: Butterflies have a long, slender thorax, and moths have thicker bodies. – Colors: In general, butterflies are jewel-toned, and moths are gray, brown and other earthy colors..

Do Moths and Butterflies Eat the Same Things?

Yes, but there are a few differences. For instance, the harvester butterfly (Feniseca tarquinius) can eat aphids. It’s the only butterfly that can eat other insects. There are no moths that eat other insects or pollen.

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