Last Updated: January 24, 2017

Definition - What does Lepidoptera mean?

Lepidoptera is a large order of insects that includes butterflies and moths. There are over 155,000 species of lepidoptera known to exist in the world. This is second only to the coleoptera family of insects known as beetles. The lepidoptera order is distinctive by the segmented, scaly wings its various species are recognized by.

Adults of many species visit flowers for nectar and are important for their role in pollination. They also serve as a valuable food source for many animals including lizards and birds.

MaximumYield explains Lepidoptera

The largest family of the lepidopter genus is the noctuidae of which there are at least 10,000 known species. Lepidopters exist on every continent except Antarctica and are highly adaptable to every environment and condition.

The day-flying and colorful butterfly is the most recognizable member of the order, but the nocturnal moth is actually the most prevalent.

Lepidopter reproduce in four stages; egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Larva do most of the eating and largely prefer leaves. There are some species, particularly moths, that will eat fruit and vegetables and are considered a pest.

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