The Lepidoptera include two large groups of insects: moths and butterflies. They are undoubtedly one of the most popular insect orders, especially the large and colorful butterflies.
Many species are of economic interest, a famous example is the silk moth. Its larvae feed on mulberry leaves and build cocoons of some of the finest fibre known to man.
Lepidoptera are important pollinators, with many night blooming flowers requiring pollination by moths
All Lepidoptera have a body and wings covered with microscopic scales, a characteristic unique to this insect group.
In Galapagos the large, conspicious Macro-Lepidoptera are best known.
Although Charles Darwin was the first collector of insects in the Islands, he curiously never mentioned any butterflies.
Today the Lepidoptera belong to the best studied group of Galapagos insects and new species continue to be discovered.
Authors: Lázaro Roque-Álbelo, Bernard Landry.
Other Contributors: Sandra Abedrabbo, Fabián Bersosa, Ruth Boada, Omar Cartillo, Germania Estévez, Lilian Guzmán, Henri W. Herrera, María T. Lasso, Maria Piedad Lincango, E. G. Linsley, Edison Lomas, Yale Lubin, Alejandro Mieles, Renato Oquendo, Christine E. Parent, Stewart B. Peck, Patrick Schmitz, Leslie Usinger.
Last updated: Sept. 29, 2016
Names of taxa included: 346 total (311 accepted, 30 unidentified taxon, 3 doubtful, 2 problematic), 1 rejected.
Origin of the taxa included: 69 accidental, 1 questionable native, 162 endemic, 93 indigenous, 3 questionable endemic.
Adding up the number of species in each category will not always equal the total number indicated. Some species have insufficient data to be categorized while others (e.g., category eradicated) will not be included in the total.
Genus Gen. Crambinae indet.
Genus Gen. Phycitinae indet.
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