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Moth or Butterfly?



Moth or Butterfly?

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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.52

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     challenging words:    appendage, proboscis, moth, people, outer, coiled, chrysalis, layer, scaly, gross, flying, between, difference, apart, large, whose


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Moth or Butterfly?
By Brandi Waters
  

1     Many people do not like insects. They think that bugs are scary or gross. There is one kind of insect, though, that most people do like! That insect is the butterfly. People like their colorful wings. They move slowly and gracefully. They are usually found around flowers, not in dark, scary places.
 
2     Butterflies belong to a group of insects whose name means "scaly wing." Their wings are covered in tiny scales. There is another insect that is in this group, too. That is the moth. Moths and butterflies have a lot in common. They all have two antennae. They all have six legs. Both moths and butterflies have four wings. Almost all butterflies and moths have a coiled appendage called a proboscis. It is used for drinking. All of these things make it hard to tell moths and butterflies apart. How can you tell the difference between them?
 
3     One easy way to tell a moth from a butterfly is by the time of day that you see it. Butterflies spend most of their time flying around during the day. Moths are usually seen at night. If you can look at the insect up close, you can look at its antennae to find out if you are looking at a butterfly or a moth. A butterfly's antenna is long with a large bulb at the end. The antennae of moths do not have these large bulbs on the ends. A final difference between moths and butterflies is that only one spins a cocoon. Many people are taught that a .....
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