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dougtamjj
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September 30, 2008 1:56 am  

The beautiful little white butterflies. Are they moths are butterflies? This is of the upmost importance to my family right now. If any one knows the answer it will be very helpful.

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Tam


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animaljosh
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September 30, 2008 2:24 am  

Check out the antennae. If they are sorta feathery it's a moth...if they are thin with a rounded tip its a butterfly.
Check out the body . If it is sorta fat and fluffy looking it'sa moth. If it is slender and smooth it's a butterfly.
When at rest, do they hold the wings straight up ? If so, it is probably a butterfly.
Most moths are nocturnal, so if they are active in the day, it is probably a butterfly.

I noticed some smallish white butterflies while I was on STX recently. I believe they were members of the Pieridae family, but bees are my concentration, so don't quote me on that. It's just residual info from some entomology course, and I might have failed that test !!!!


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Linda J
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September 30, 2008 2:45 am  

They are butterfliles. We call them Cruzan snow.


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animaljosh
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September 30, 2008 2:48 am  

this look like em? If so, it is in the Pieridae family. Commonly called Cabbage or Cabbage White butterflies.
Theres a whole lota bugs in this world, so don't get too frustrated if you can't figure out exactly which one it is.


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islandtyme
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September 30, 2008 12:24 pm  

Buttermoth......there Tam its settled.........lol.


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heepajeep
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September 30, 2008 1:51 pm  

question............are all naked (not fuzzy) caterpillars butterfly's in the making?
And all fuzzy ones are moth's to be?


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Bombi
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September 30, 2008 2:05 pm  

The seem to be attracted to a certain bush, I don't know the name but they flutter around it all day regardless of the wind.


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animaljosh
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September 30, 2008 2:56 pm  

Unfortunately no, the larval forms (caterpillar) do not follow such easy rules. Regardless of adult form they come in all different shapes and sizes. Here is a link to a good site on caterpillar identification. It may not be relevant with STX species, but it gives an idea.....

http://www.whatsthiscaterpillar.co.uk/america/


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SunshineCruzan
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October 2, 2008 3:02 am  

We used to call something like these the "Gypsy Moth" in New England. They would appear all of a sudden en-masse and a few days later all of our cabbage/broccoli/cauliflower....type veggies would be swarming with these green caterpillars from them. Pain in the *** but SOOO pretty.


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