Can one tell the difference between the Caterpillar of
a moth and that of a butterfly?
Caterpillars from some butterfly families
There are no general ways of distinguishing a butterfly
Caterpillar from a moth Caterpillar.
Butterflies constitute only half a dozen or so families
out of the 100 or so in Lepidoptera in Australia:
all the rest are moths.
The Caterpillars of each family in the Lepidoptera have
some general recognisable characteristics, butterflies included.
But the Caterpillars of the various butterfly families
differ from each other as much as the Caterpillars of
each of all the other Lepidoptera families.
For more information see our webpage :
"Identifying Australian Caterpillars"
Caterpillars from some moth families
Frequently Asked Questions about Caterpillars
Australian Lepidoptera on Australian Stamps
Australian Butterflies on Overseas Stamps
Australian Moths on Overseas Stamps
Australian Butterfly Caterpillars
Australian Moth Caterpillars
(updated 22 February 2005)