Moths and butterflies are often confused for one another. However, through close inspection, it can be easier to make the distinction.
The moth's antennae are feathery in the males, while the butterfly's are thin and slender. Butterflies are often brightly colored, while moths tend to exhibit earth tones such as brown, white, gray or black; however, there are several exceptions. Moths often are stout and appear furry; butterflies tend to be more slender.
It can be more difficult to identify one moth species from another, as many moths are small in size and drab in color. It is often useful to know which moths are commonly found within your area in order to narrow the field. Printed, illustrated guides may also prove useful in identification of moth species.