Tour of the Butterfly Farm. We were guided through the life cycles of moths and butterflies by our guides. Here are two examples of Atlas moths. These had just emerged from their cocoons that morning. They are being held by the remains of the cocoon!
Moths have a very long development time compared to butterflies, and a very short flying, reproductive life compared to butterflies. This moth develops in over 5 months and then has five days to mate, lay eggs and then dies!! Moths fly at night and butterflies fly during the day. Adult butterflies eat nectar with a strawlike proboscis, mouth parts. But a moth has no mouth parts, doesn't eat at all in its adult form and therefor dies shortly after it emergence from it cocoon.
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