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winter moth

Syllabification: win·ter moth

Definition of winter moth in English:

noun

A moth that emerges in the winter, the female of which has only vestigial wings. It was formerly a major pest of fruit trees.
  • Several species in the family Geometridae
Example sentences
  • A 23-year study of great tits and winter moths at one site in the Netherlands revealed that by 1995, the early caterpillars were hatching about 9 days sooner and developing into moth pupae more quickly than they did in 1973.
  • Witch hazel takes advantage of the pollination services of winter moths of the genus Eupsilia, which are active in fall.
  • It will capture winter moths that climb into the canopy to lay eggs, thus preventing grubs attacking the flowers and foliage next spring.

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