- from Butterflies & Moths
Moths and butterflies have been around for a very, very long time. The very first moths appeared about 130 million years ago. Back then, the Jurassic dinosaurs were still around. Butterflies came along about 82 million years later, and humans showed up another 32 million years after that.
They go back a long time, but they don’t last a long time. The life span of an adult butterfly or moth is very, very short. A few adults live as long as 18 months, but most don’t last past two weeks. Each of them, though, goes through the biggest change known to nature. Their metamorphosis from a caterpillar into an adult is a miracle to see!