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moth British & World English

An insect with two pairs of broad wings covered in microscopic scales, typically drably coloured and held flat when at rest. Moths are chiefly nocturnal, and lack the clubbed antennae of butterflies

io moth British & World English

A large, mainly yellow North American moth of the silk moth family, with prominent eyespots on the hindwings

fox moth British & World English

A reddish-brown moth with a velvety black and orange caterpillar

meal moth British & World English

A small moth which infests mills, granaries, and other places where grain is stored. The larvae spin silken webs

luna moth British & World English

A large North American moon moth which has pale green wings with long tails and transparent eyespots bearing crescent-shaped markings

moon moth British & World English

A large pale green silk moth with transparent eyespots on each wing and long tail-like projections on the hindwings

sea-moth British & World English

A small fish with bony plates covering the body and large pectoral fins which spread out horizontally like wings. It lives in the warmer waters of the Indo-Pacific

silk moth British & World English

A large moth with a caterpillar that spins a protective silken cocoon:

puss moth British & World English

A large furry greyish-white moth with darker markings. The boldly marked caterpillar rears up when threatened, waving whip-like appendages and spitting formic acid

goat moth British & World English

A large greyish moth, the caterpillar of which bores into wood and has a goat-like smell

wax moth British & World English

A brownish moth which lays its eggs in beehives. The caterpillars cover the combs with silken tunnels and feed on beeswax

atlas moth British & World English

A very large boldly marked silk moth which occurs in both the Old and New World tropics

carpet moth British & World English

A drab moth related to the clothes moth, the larvae of which feed on coarse textiles and animal hair

flour moth British & World English

A grayish-yellow moth, the caterpillar of which is a pest of flour and cereal products

ghost moth British & World English

A large European swift moth, the male of which has white wings

gypsy moth British & World English

A tussock moth having a brown male and larger white female, the latter being fully winged but flightless. The caterpillar can be a serious pest of orchards and woodland

magpie moth British & World English

A white moth with black and yellow spots, the caterpillars of which are similarly coloured and can be pests of fruit bushes

moth-eaten British & World English

Damaged or destroyed by clothes moths

plume moth British & World English

A small, slender long-legged moth with narrow wings divided into feathery plumes. At rest the wings are rolled and held out sideways, giving the moth the shape of a letter T

tiger moth British & World English

A stout moth which has boldly spotted and streaked wings and a hairy caterpillar (woolly bear)

hornet moth British & World English

A clearwing moth which resembles a hornet, with larvae that burrow under tree bark

winter moth British & World English

A moth that emerges in the winter, the female of which has only vestigial wings. It was formerly a major pest of fruit trees

yucca moth British & World English

A small white American moth which lays its eggs in the ovary of a yucca plant. While doing so it deposits a ball of pollen on the stigma, thereby fertilizing the seeds on which the larvae feed

cabbage moth British & World English

A brown moth whose caterpillars are pests of cabbages and related plants

codling moth British & World English

A small greyish moth whose larvae feed on apples

clothes moth British & World English

A small, drab moth whose larvae feed on a range of animal fibres and can be destructive to clothing and other domestic textiles

emperor moth British & World English

A large moth of the silk moth family with eyespots on all four wings

lobster moth British & World English

A brown woodland European moth with a caterpillar that has long legs and an upturned tail reminiscent of a lobster

peppered moth British & World English

A European moth of woods and gardens, which is typically white with black speckling. In industrial areas sooty brown forms predominate as a result of industrial melanism

silkworm moth British & World English

A large moth with a caterpillar that spins a protective silken cocoon

tussock moth British & World English

A woodland moth whose adults and brightly coloured caterpillars both bear tufts of irritant hairs. The caterpillars can be a pest of trees, damaging fruit and stripping leaves

tussore moth British & World English

A silk moth that is sometimes kept in India and China, with caterpillars (tussore silkworms) that yield a strong but coarse brown silk

leopard moth British & World English

A large white European moth with black spots, the larvae of which tunnel into trees and can cause damage

diamondback moth British & World English

A small greyish moth which displays a pattern of diamonds along its back when the wings are folded. The caterpillar can be a pest of brassicas and other cultivated vegetables

like a moth to the flame in moth British & World English

With an irresistible attraction for someone or something

like a moth to the flame British & World English

With an irresistible attraction for someone or something

snout moth in snout British & World English

A European moth with long palps that extend in front of the head like a snout

swift moth in swift British & World English

A moth, typically yellow-brown in colour, with fast darting flight. The eggs are scattered in flight and the larvae live underground feeding on roots, where they can be a serious pest

bogong British & World English

A large brown moth of southern Australia, formerly eaten by Aborigines

bogong moth in bogong British & World English

A large brown moth of southern Australia, formerly eaten by Aborigines

lappet moth in lappet British & World English

A brownish moth, the hairy caterpillars of which have fleshy lappets along each side of the body

lackey moth in lackey British & World English

A brownish European moth of woods and hedgerows, the caterpillars of which live communally in a silken tent on the food tree

ermine moth in ermine British & World English

A stout-bodied moth that has cream or white wings with black spots

drinker moth in drinker British & World English

A large brownish European moth, the caterpillar of which bears irritant hairs and is noted for drinking dew

emerald moth in emerald British & World English

A slender-bodied green moth, the colour of which tends to fade as the moth ages

tortrix British & World English

A small moth with typically green caterpillars that live inside rolled leaves and can be a serious pest of fruit and other trees

tortrix moth in tortrix British & World English

A small moth with typically green caterpillars that live inside rolled leaves and can be a serious pest of fruit and other trees

vapourer British & World English

A day-flying tussock moth, the female of which is wingless and lays eggs on the cocoon from which she emerged

geometer moth in geometer British & World English

A geometrid moth or its caterpillar

cinnabar moth in cinnabar British & World English

A day-flying moth with black and red wings, whose black and yellow caterpillars feed on groundsel and ragwort


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