Definition of microlepidoptera in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmīkrōˌlepəˈdäptərə/

plural noun

The numerous small moths. Compare with macrolepidoptera.
Example sentences
  • Several insects including some microlepidoptera and some Chrysomelid beetles have this unusual habit of making a trail through the middle layers of a leaf as their larvae feed and grow.
  • Herbaceous plants are larval hosts for 112 of the 160 known species of microlepidoptera of the San Bruno Mountains.
  • Mr. Harrison will compile the first-ever dedicated species inventory of microlepidoptera in a prairie community within the original range of eastern tallgrass prairie.


Modern Latin (plural), from micro- 'small' + Lepidoptera.

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Syllabification: mi·cro·lep·i·dop·ter·a

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