Definition of buff-tip in English:

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Entry from British & World English dictionary


A European moth that has buff-coloured wing tips and thoracic hair, giving it the appearance of a twig when at rest.
  • Phalera bucephala, family Notodontidae
Example sentences
  • Birch leaves are a common food plant for the buff-tip larvae.
  • The ability of insects to imitate a leaf, as in the jagged Comma butterfly, or to present itself altogether as something other than an insect, as with the Buff-tip moth, is the same process of mimesis which is at the heart of all the arts, and more significantly, of the evolution of language.
  • The Sallow bushes growing nearby provide protection and food for many insects, including the larvae of the Buff-Tip Moth and the Lackey Moth, whose caterpillars leave a tent of silky threads behind, when they hatch.
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