I have never really known the difference and had assumed that moths only come out when it’s dark to eat light bulbs….. But apparently, whilst this is true for many moths, it isn’t for all.
Other key differences are that moths ‘generally’ rest with their wings open, whilst butterflies close their wings, and, butterflies have long, thin antenna, while moths have shorter feathery antennas.
This one is a ‘Scarlet tiger moth’ apparently. It occupies damp areas such as fens, marshes, river banks and quarries as well as rocky cliffs near the sea. A day-flying species. … L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded), however this species may be increasing in our area