Assorted moths in the University of Texas Insect Collection | Wikimedia Commons

Earliest Butterfly and Moth Fossils Prove They Are Exceptional Survivors

The ancestors of butterflies and moths lived at least 200 million years ago, suggesting that they survived at least two mass extinctions.

Examples of the oldest wing and body scales of primitive moths from the Schadelah-1 core photographed with transmitted light | Bas van de Schootbrugge
Scanning electron microscope image of the dense covering of scales on the wings and body of a Glossatan (proboscis-bearing) moth | Hossein Rajaei
The birdwing butterfly Ornithoptera alexandrae | Mark Pellegrini, Wikimedia Commons
Rixt Heerschop