It’s been a while since I took this photo of a butterfly on an echinacea flower, but as I was looking back through some of my images, I realized what detail I managed to capture on this one. This was not with a macro lens, so that’s why I’m so surprised at the clarity.
And in case you didn’t know, there are two easy ways to tell the difference between a butterfly and a moth. First, when at rest, a butterfly usually keeps its wings folded up, while a moth generally rests with its wings down or slowly moving up and down. Second, a butterfly has spindly antennae, while a moth’s antennae appear feathery. A couple other characteristics might help in the identification process, but they are less obvious… butterflies generally have brighter coloring than moths, and moths are generally more active at night than butterflies; however, there are more exceptions to these last two characteristics than the first two.
So thank you, Ms. Caldwell, my seventh (eighth?) grade science teacher. Apparently, something stuck in one of the brain cells. :)