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Lepidoptera - Characteristics of Lepidoptera, Families of Lepidoptera, Evolution


A large order of insects comprising the 165 000 species of butterflies and moths; adults have two pairs of membranous wings covered with scales; forewings and hindwings coupled together; mouthparts typically modified as a slender sucking proboscis; caterpillar larvae usually plant feeders with chewing mouthparts.

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