What Is a Person Who Studies Butterflies and Moths Called?

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A person who studies butterflies and moths is called a lepidopterist. A lepidopterist collects, classifies and observes moths and butterflies in a study known as lepidoptera.

Butterflies and moths are in the lepidoptera family and comprise a major group of insects. This group has jointed feet, an exoskeleton, and wings. The name “lepidoptera” means “scaly-winged.” There are more than 150,000 identified species in the lepidoptera family.

A lepidopterist earns around the same amount as other wildlife biologists and zoologists. The average salary for a lepidopterist is around $63,000 per year. Although a Ph.D is not recommended for all positions, it is strongly recommended.