As someone spends a lot of her time trying to convince others that insects are incredible animals worth saving (just think of the biodiversity! Their intrinsic value! The ecosystem services!), it can still be surprisingly easy for me to forget that not everyone is on the same wavelength when it comes to most endearing species. North America is home to more than 12,000 species of moth—an astonishing number compared to our relatively paltry 800 or so species of butterflies! Read this article to learn some basics!

Article by Candace Fallon

This article originally appeared in Xerces Blog July issue.