Papilionoidea facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsPapilionoidea
The members of the Papilionoidea may be distinguished by the following combination of characters:
- The body is smaller and less moth-like.
- The wings are larger.
- The antennae are straight and clubbed or hooked as in the skippers.
- The caterpillars do not spin cocoons in which to pupate.
- The pupae are angular rather than rounded.
Families of Papilionoidea
The five families of Papilionoidea are:
- Swallowtails and Birdwings, Papilionidae
- Whites or Yellow-Whites, Pieridae
- Blues and Coppers or Gossamer-Winged Butterflies, Lycaenidae
- Metalmark butterflies, Riodinidae
- Brush-footed butterflies, Nymphalidae which contain the following 13 subfamilies:
- the snout butterflies or Libytheinae (formerly the family Libytheidae).
- the Danaids or Danainae (formerly the family Danaidae).
- the Tellervinae.
- the glasswings or Ithomiinae.
- the Calinaginae.
- the morphos and owls or Morphinae (including the owls as tribe Brassolini).
- the Browns or Satyrinae (formerly the family Satyridae).
- the Charaxinae (preponas and leaf butterflies).
- the Biblidinae.
- the Apaturinae.
- the nymphs or Nymphalinae.
- the Limenitidinae (especially the adelphas) (formerly the family Limenitididae).
- the tropical longwings or Heliconiinae.
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