Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Moths, the name given to those insects belonging to the group Heterocera, one of the two subdivisions of the order Lepidoptera (q.v.). The classification is at present somewhat unsatisfactory, but they may be divided into 5 sub-sections and about 120 families. The Sphinges (Hawk-moths), the Bombyces (containing the Tiger-moths and Silkworms), the Noctuce (containing the Cabbagemoths), the Geometrce (with the Swallow-tailed moth), and the Microlepidoptera (of which the Clothes-moth is a type), form the sub-sections.