The larger moths found in Washington State
Bush, Michael R. (Michael Robert), 1962-
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The insect order Lepidoptera includes moths and butterflies and is the most recognized group of insects in the world. Perhaps this popularity is due to the wide range of colorful wing patterns that adult moths and butterflies display. These wing patterns range from brightly to dull colored, single- or multicolored, simple to highly intricate designs, but all wings have one thing in common—microscopic scales of “color”. Thousands of microscopic scales cover the two pairs of wings that most moths and butterflies have, and these scales easily rub off like dust in your hand. One goal of this publication is to help Washington residents recognize all life stages of Lepidoptera and to distinguish adult moths from butterflies. There are over 1,200 species of moths in Washington State. This publication seeks to help Washington residents recognize and appreciate the biggest and most spectacular moths native to our state.