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Unidentified butterfly - Anania hortulata

Unidentified butterfly - Anania hortulata
Vancouver (Ladner), British Columbia, Canada
July 1, 2012
Size: 1 inch wingspan
These butterflies have been flitting amongst plants in my garden. If you approach they hide under leaves.

Small Magpie Moth - Hodges #4952
Moved from ID Request.

After the Great Lepidoptera Schism, 3.5 million years ago, it was agreed that butterflies would occupy the topside of leaves and moths would be relegated to the underside. To this day, if you see a lep clinging to the bottom of a leaf, rest assured it's a moth.

Hahaha! I really didn’t thi
Hahaha! I really didn’t think it looked like a moth! How can you tell I’m not an entomologist? Technically I’m a marine me a marine invert and I’ll have a much better chance of telling you what it is!


Moths nearly always rest on underside of leaves, but butterflies always have knobs on the ends of their antennae. Moths don't.

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