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Picture of the Day

Moths show their true colors during the day

Some species in the family Saturniidae, like this white-ringed atlas moth, Epiphora mythimnia, are active in the daytime. Many saturniids have large, colorful wings, a common feature in day-flying moths. This species is one of many in a recent study of diurnal and nocturnal behaviors of butterflies and moths. "In the daytime, visual cues are used more," said Akito Kawahara, the study's lead author. "Because there's more light, the insects use the colors as a way of display."

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