lepidopterous insect

Definitions of lepidopterous insect

n insect that in the adult state has four wings more or less covered with tiny scales

lepidopteran, lepidopteron
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diurnal insect typically having a slender body with knobbed antennae and broad colorful wings
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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small air-breathing arthropod

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