What is Lepidoptera?

Lepidoptera

Lepidoptera ( /ˌlɛpɨˈdɒptərə/ lep-i-DOP-tər-ə) is a large order of insects that includes moths and butterflies (both called lepidopterans). It is one of the most widespread and widely recognizable insect orders in the world, encompassing moths and the three superfamilies of butterflies, skipper butterflies, and moth-butterflies. The term was coined by Linnaeus in 1735 and is derived from Ancient Greek λεπίδος (scale) and πτερόν (wing). Comprising an estimated 174,250 species, in 126 families and 46 superfamilies, the Lepidoptera show many variations of the basic body structure that have evolved to gain advantages in lifestyle and distribution. Recent estimates suggest that the order may have more species than earlier thought, and is among the four most speciose orders, along with the Hymenoptera, Diptera, and the Coleoptera.

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Some articles on Lepidoptera:

Larval Food Plants Of Lepidoptera - Lists
... List of Lepidoptera that feed on Abelia List of Lepidoptera that feed on Achillea List of Lepidoptera that feed on alders List of Lepidoptera that feed on Artemisia List of Lepidoptera ...
Lepidoptera - Relationship To People - Health
... These hairs have also been known to cause kerato-conjunctivitis ... The sharp barbs on the end of caterpillar hairs can get lodged in soft tissues and mucus membranes such as the eyes ...
Carposinidae - General References
... A revision of the American moths of the family Carposinidae (Lepidoptera Carposinoidea) ... with description of a new genus and new species (Lepidoptera Pyraloidea) ... Lepidoptera, Moths and Butterflies ...
Plebicula - References
... systematics of Polyommatus blue butterflies (Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae) ... oversplitting in western European Agrodiaetus (Lepidoptera Lycaenidae) revealed by chromosomal and molecular markers.Biol ... and Plebicula based on mitochondrial COI and nuclear ITS2 sequences (Lepidoptera Lycaenidae) ...