Insect Order Lepidoptera Fossils - Moths and Butterflies
Fossil Insects
Lepidopteran (moth and butterfly) Fossil Insect Image Gallery

Within: Fossil Insects

Lepidopterans (scale-winged insects) comprise the butterflies and moths. They are believed to have first appeared during the Cretaceous. They feed on nectar through a sucking proboscis. Some 95 % of all the Lepidoptera are moths. The most salient difference is that butterflies are active during the day and moths during the night.

Moth in Colombian amber
Lepidoptera (with wingspan of more than two inches)
Lower Cretaceous
Liaoning, China
Moth in Colombian amber
Moth in Colombian amber

Moth in Amber
Oligocene - Miocene
Dominican Republic

14 mm moth
Lower Cretaceous
Santana Formation, Brazil