Living With Lepidoptera

Goldcap Moss-eater Moth
Image: Davis and Landry*

Early in the evolution of the Lepidoptera, the order split into two groups, one in which the adult mouthparts were modified to form a long proboscis for drinking nectar and other liquids. This adaptation contributed to the success of the Lepidoptera as the vast majority have this adaptation. Only 3 families of moths have members with a chewing type of mandible as adults. In the largest of these families, Micropterygidae, all 110 described…

Source: Living With Insects Blog

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