Can You Tell a Butterfly from a Moth?

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An insect with four large wings lands on a plant. It waves its antennas and sips sweet liquid from a flower. Did you just see a butterfly? Or was it a moth? These animals look very similar, but they are different. Read this book to become an expert at telling these look-alikes apart! Learn the fascinating differences between similar animals in the Animal Look-Alikes series—part of the Lightning Bolt Books™ collection. With high-energy designs, exciting photos, and fun text, Lightning Bolt Books™ bring nonfiction ...

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Overview

An insect with four large wings lands on a plant. It waves its antennas and sips sweet liquid from a flower. Did you just see a butterfly? Or was it a moth? These animals look very similar, but they are different. Read this book to become an expert at telling these look-alikes apart! Learn the fascinating differences between similar animals in the Animal Look-Alikes series—part of the Lightning Bolt Books™ collection. With high-energy designs, exciting photos, and fun text, Lightning Bolt Books™ bring nonfiction topics to life!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kristin Harris
Butterflies and moths look very much alike. However there are differences that one can learn to tell them apart. Most butterflies are brightly colored and most moths are often gray or brown. Butterflies fly around during the day and are very visible with their brightly colored wings. Most moths are nocturnal and because of their dark colors are less noticeable. When a butterfly lands on a flower it folds its wings up to rest. When moths land on a tree, their wings spread out flat while they rest. Butterflies' bodies are long and skinny, while moth's bodies are fat and fuzzy. Butterfly antennas are long with round knobs at the end. Most moth antennas are thin and pointed, some look like feathers. Butterflies and moths both sip nectar from flowers, butterflies do it during the day and moths do it at night. Both butterflies and moths life cycle includes numerous stages. Both start out as eggs that hatch into caterpillars. Moth caterpillars make cocoons to evolve to become moths while butterflies do not make cocoons. Butterfly caterpillars form a chrysalis and inside the chrysalis the caterpillar changes into a butterfly. Large photographs and accessible large text make this volume very informative. Reviewer: Kristin Harris
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761378440
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/2011
  • Series: Animal Look-Alikes Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 491,449
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: 540L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Buffy Silverman is the author of many books about nature and science for children. She also enjoys writing poetry for children. Buffy is lucky to live in a rural area of Michigan where inspiration is just outside the window. The sun shimmers on Stony Lake. A great blue heron flies low over the swamp. Black squirrels scamper across oak branches, stuffing leaves in their mouths and bringing them to a hollow. The animals that share her yard inspire stories and poems. With every book and article she writes, she learns more about the world.

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Table of Contents

Bright Wings or Dull Wings? 4

Wings up or Wings out? 8

Sensing the World 12

Finding Food 16

Growing up 20

Who Am I? 28

Fun Facts 29

Glossary 30

Further Reading 31

Index 32

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2011

    This book is an excellent science resource for children to learn about the differences between moths and butterflies ...

    It's very easy to tell the difference between a moth and a butterfly . . . or is it? They are after all, both insects, they have six legs, and wings, but do have very noticeable differences if you look closely. For example, one way to tell is to look at the color of their wings. "Most butterfly wings are brightly colored" whereas "moth wings usually have dull colors." If you know this fact, you'll easily know that a monarch (which is easily recognizable) is a butterfly and a gray or brown Zale is a moth. Because butterflies are seen during the day one would think that there are more kinds, but the opposite is actually true. There are "many more kinds of moths than butterflies."

    In this book you will learn several different ways to identify the differences between a moth and a butterfly. For example, at night the butterfly is at rest, but moths can often be seen flitting around outside lights. When you do see both of them during the day the butterfly's wings are up when it is sitting on something like a flower while the moth's wings are spread out. The butterfly's main body is skinny while the moth's "looks fat and fuzzy." You'll also learn about the difference between their antennae, how they find their mates, the ways they search for food, and how they both grow up to become the beautiful butterflies and moths we recognize.

    This book is an excellent science resource for children to learn about the differences between moths and butterflies. As a beginning animal science chapter book the text is divided into five sections that easily differentiate between the species. The photographs are generous and on several of the two-page spreads are examples of both species with captioned material that points to the difference being discussed in the text. For example when discussing whether or not the wings are up or down, one caption states: "Butterflies, such as this painted lady, fold their wings when they rest." On the opposite page it is quite easy to see the difference by looking at a moth spread out on some bark. In the back of the book is an index, a glossary, a photo activity/quiz to differentiate between the species, some Fun Facts, and additional recommended book an website resources to explore.


    This book courtesy of the publisher.

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