Butterflies of Southern Africa

Butterflies of Southern Africa

Butterflies of Southern Africa - Southern Africa : Group all Butterflies (Papilionoidea) of Southern Africa together to facilitate identification. A common classification of the Lepidoptera involves their differentiation into butterflies and moths. Butterflies are a natural monophyletic group, often gi

Group all Butterflies (Papilionoidea) of Southern Africa together to facilitate identification.

A common classification of the Lepidoptera involves their differentiation into butterflies and moths. Butterflies are a natural monophyletic group, often given the sub-order Rhopalocera, which includes Papilionoidea (true butterflies), Hesperiidae (skippers), and Hedylidae (butterfly moths). In this taxonomic scheme moths belong to the sub-order Heterocera. Other taxonomic schemes have been proposed; the most common putting the butterflies into the sub-order Ditrysia and then the "super-family" Papilionoidea, and ignoring a classification for moths. None of the taxonomic schemes are perfect, however, and taxonomists commonly argue over how to define the obvious differences between butterflies and moths.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_butterflies_and_moths

23 Oct 2015
Shaun Swanepoel