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Butterflies originated in North America after splitting from moths, new study suggests

A blue morpho butterfly sits on a leaf. A new study finds that butterflies likely originated somewhere in western North America or Central America around 100 million years ago.

Butterflies likely split from nocturnal moths around 100 million years ago in present-day western North America or Central America, a new study of the winged insects finds.

(Image credit: Kristen Grace/Florida Museum)


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