; subclass Pterygota, order Lepidoptera)
Family of small to large, colourful butterflies. The fore legs are reduced, non-functional, and have long, hair-like scales. The egg is ribbed, the larvae are spined, and the pupae are not supported by a silken girdle. There are about 5000 species and the family has a world-wide distribution.
Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.