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moth US English

A chiefly nocturnal insect related to the butterflies. It lacks the clubbed antennae of butterflies and typically has a stout body, drab coloration, and wings that fold flat when resting

Io moth US English

A large, mainly yellow North American moth of the silkworm moth family, with prominent eyespots on the hind wings

fox moth US English

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

goat moth US English

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

hawk moth US English

A large swift-flying moth with a stout body and narrow forewings, typically feeding on nectar while hovering

luna moth US English

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

meal moth US English

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

moon moth US English

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

puss moth US 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

sea-moth US English

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

silk moth US English

See silkworm moth.

wax moth US English

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

atlas moth US English

A very large, boldly marked silkworm moth that occurs in both the Old and New World tropics

carpet moth US English

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

flour moth US English

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

ghost moth US English

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

gypsy moth US English

A tussock moth having a brown male and larger white female. The caterpillar can be a serious pest of orchards and woodland

hornet moth US English

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

magpie moth US 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 US English

Damaged or destroyed by moths

plume moth US 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 US English

A stout moth that has boldly spotted and streaked wings

winter moth US 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 US English

A small white American moth that 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

moth-eaten US Thesaurus

a moth-eaten tweed jacket

cabbage moth US English

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

clothes moth US English

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

codling moth US English

A small, grayish moth whose larva feeds on apples

emperor moth US English

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

leopard moth US English

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

lobster moth US English

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

peppered moth US 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 US English

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

tapestry moth US English

Another term for carpet moth.

tussore moth US English

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

diamondback moth US English

A small, grayish moth that 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

death's-head hawk moth US English

A large dark European hawk moth with a skull-like marking on the thorax and a very large caterpillar

hummingbird hawk moth US English

A migratory day-flying hawk moth that makes an audible hum while hovering in front of flowers to feed on nectar

like a moth to the flame US English

With an irresistible attraction for someone or something

bogong US English

A large brown moth native to southern Australia, formerly used as food by Aborigines

bogong moth in bogong US English

A large brown moth native to southern Australia, formerly used as food by Aborigines

codlin moth in codling moth US English

A small, grayish moth whose larva feeds on apples

ermine moth in ermine US English

A stout-bodied moth that has cream or white wings with black spots, and a very hairy caterpillar

lappet moth in lappet US English

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

sphinx moth in sphinx US English

another term for hawk moth.

swift moth in swift US English

A moth, typically yellow-brown in color, 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

tortrix US 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 US English

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

tussock moth in tussock US English

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


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