Dr Maria McNamara, from University College Cork in the Irish Republic, said: "Remarkably, these fossils are among the oldest known representatives of butterflies and moths
. We didn't expect to find wing scales preserved, let alone microscopic structures that produce colour.
They imply that the long tube butterflies and moths
use to suck nectar from flowers actually developed before flowering plants did, so it must have originally evolved for a different purpose.
Butterflies and moths
are an important part of our eco system, as food for many birds and bats, as well as other species that eat their caterpillars.
BUTTERFLIES and moths
have been baffled by this year's extreme weather, with many species appearing at unusual times, Butterfly Conservation said today.
In a new study, he and other researchers looked at changes in the reproduction patterns of butterflies and moths
in Central Europe.
Twenty-four species of butterflies and moths
have been listed under the Endangered Species Act (Figures 1 and 2).
Save Our Butterflies Week is launched on Saturday by Sir David Attenborough on behalf of Butterfly Conservation, which runs regular surveys asking people to log sightings of certain butterflies and moths
online at butterfly-conservation.org
Similarly, butterflies and moths
are also disappearing rapidly.
Iolo said: "Butterflies and moths
are amazing animals and should be conserved but they're also very good environmental indicators.
The collaborative work of natural history expert Robert Thompson and entomologist Brian Nelson, "The Butterflies And Moths
Of Northern Ireland" is a 440-page compendium of information that provides the reader with a complete and comprehensive description of all of the butterflies and moths
that are to be found in the northern provinces of Ireland.
Woodlands in the North-East are playing a leading role in tackling the decline of rare butterflies and moths
Altogether over 20 families and nearly 300 species of butterflies and moths
are now known from the UAE and northern Oman, making the Lepidoptera indisputably the best-known major order of insects in the region.
Floating on a breeze, circling around a light, or flitting from flower to flower, butterflies and moths
are delicate, often colorful creatures that delight the observer.
* Butterflies and Moths
: A Guide to More Common American Species by Robert T.