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Hello fellow lepidopterists!  Butterflies, skippers, and moths are all closely related insects. In fact, some might argue that there are very few differences between butterflies and moths in a scientific context. However, there are enough that the two groups can be distinguished from each other.  This is an example of a behavior called "puddling" where butterflies drink muddy water to obtain vital nutrients and minerals. Here we have a comma butterfly. Note the straight antennae and the four visible legs which help identify this as a butterfly in the family Nymphalidae. Butterflies can range in size from a wingspan of...

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