Entry from British & World English dictionary
A large greyish moth, the caterpillar of which bores into wood and has a goat-like smell.
- Cossus cossus, family Cossidae
- After some clicking around, I think that the goat moth may be close to that one I saw on my garage.
- The larvae don't smell very good and at some point in their history with humans have had their aroma likened to that of a goat, hence their other common name of goat moth.
- The mahogany-coloured larvae of the goat moth attack deciduous trees and exude a strong, goatlike odour.
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