Definition of macrolepidoptera in English:


Line breaks: macro|lepi|dop¦tera
Pronunciation: /ˌmakrəʊlɛpɪˈdɒpt(ə)rə


The families of butterflies and moths whose members are large enough to be of interest to the general collector.
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  • Our goal is to use the most promising candidates for resolving deep-level relationships within Noctuoidea, Bombycoidea and Macrolepidoptera generally.
  • This study suggests that macrolepidoptera may be using specific needle terpenes, or groups of terpenes, as egg-laying cues.
  • Night-active Macrolepidoptera fauna has been studied for more than 40 years.


modern Latin (plural), from macro- + Lepidoptera.

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