lepidopterous insect

Definitions of lepidopterous insect
  1. noun
    insect that in the adult state has four wings more or less covered with tiny scales
    synonyms: lepidopteran, lepidopteron
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    butterfly
    diurnal insect typically having a slender body with knobbed antennae and broad colorful wings
    moth
    typically crepuscular or nocturnal insect having a stout body and feathery or hairlike antennae
    brush-footed butterfly, four-footed butterfly, nymphalid, nymphalid butterfly
    medium to large butterflies found worldwide typically having brightly colored wings and much-reduced nonfunctional forelegs carried folded on the breast
    ringlet, ringlet butterfly
    any of various butterflies belonging to the family Satyridae
    danaid, danaid butterfly
    large tropical butterfly with degenerate forelegs and an unpleasant taste
    pierid, pierid butterfly
    any of numerous pale-colored butterflies having three pairs of well-developed legs
    sulfur butterfly, sulphur butterfly
    any of numerous yellow or orange butterflies
    lycaenid, lycaenid butterfly
    any of various butterflies of the family Lycaenidae
    miller, moth miller
    any of various moths that have powdery wings
    tortricid, tortricid moth
    any of numerous small moths having lightly fringed wings; larvae are leaf rollers or live in fruits and galls
    lymantriid, tussock moth
    dull-colored moth whose larvae have tufts of hair on the body and feed on the leaves of many deciduous trees
    geometrid, geometrid moth
    slender-bodied broad-winged moth whose larvae are called measuring worms
    pyralid, pyralid moth
    usually tropical slender-bodied long-legged moth whose larvae are crop pests
    tineoid, tineoid moth
    small dull-colored moth with chewing mouthparts
    gelechiid, gelechiid moth
    small slender-winged moths whose larvae are agricultural pests
    noctuid, noctuid moth, owlet moth
    usually dull-colored medium-sized nocturnal moth; the usually smooth-bodied larvae are destructive agricultural pests
    hawk moth, hawkmoth, hummingbird moth, sphingid, sphinx moth
    any of various moths with long narrow forewings capable of powerful flight and hovering over flowers to feed
    bombycid, bombycid moth, silkworm moth
    moderate-sized Asiatic moth whose larvae feed on mulberry leaves and produce silk
    saturniid, saturniid moth
    large brightly colored and usually tropical moth; larvae spin silken cocoons
    arctiid, arctiid moth
    stout-bodied broad-winged moth with conspicuously striped or spotted wings; larvae are hairy caterpillars
    lasiocampid, lasiocampid moth
    medium-sized stout-bodied neutral-colored moths with comb-like antennae
    Malacosoma americana, tent-caterpillar moth
    moth whose larvae are tent caterpillars
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    insect
    small air-breathing arthropod
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