Definitions of moth
  1. noun
    typically crepuscular or nocturnal insect having a stout body and feathery or hairlike antennae
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    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
    leaf roller, leaf-roller
    moth whose larvae form nests by rolling and tying leaves with spun silk
    Homona coffearia, tea tortrix, tortrix
    small Indian moth infesting e.g. tea and coffee plants
    Argyrotaenia citrana, orange tortrix, tortrix
    California moth whose larvae live in especially oranges
    Carpocapsa pomonella, codlin moth, codling moth
    a small grey moth whose larvae live in apples and English walnuts
    Lymantria dispar, gipsy moth, gypsy moth
    European moth introduced into North America; a serious pest of shade trees
    Euproctis phaeorrhoea, brown-tail moth, browntail
    small brown and white European moth introduced into eastern United States; pest of various shade and fruit trees
    Euproctis chrysorrhoea, gold-tail moth
    white furry-bodied European moth with a yellow tail tuft
    Paleacrita vernata
    moth whose larvae are spring cankerworms
    Alsophila pometaria
    North American moth with grey-winged males and wingless females; larvae are fall cankerworms
    Galleria mellonella, bee moth, wax moth
    moth whose larvae live in and feed on bee honeycombs
    European corn borer moth, Pyrausta nubilalis, corn borer, corn borer moth
    native to Europe; in America the larvae bore into the stem and crown of corn and other plants
    Anagasta kuehniella, Mediterranean flour moth
    small moth whose larvae damage stored grain and flour
    Ephestia elutella, cacao moth, tobacco moth
    small moth whose larvae feed on tobacco and other dried plant products
    Cadra cautella, almond moth, fig moth
    a moth whose larvae feed on and mat together with webbing various stored products of vegetable origin
    Cadra figulilella, raisin moth
    moth whose larvae attack dried fruits and cereal products
    tineid, tineid moth
    small yellowish moths whose larvae feed on wool or fur
    gracilariid, gracilariid moth
    small dull or metallic-colored tineoid moths whose larvae mine in plant leaves
    Gelechia gossypiella
    small brown moth whose larvae bore into flowers and bolls of cotton
    grain moth
    moth whose larvae feed on grain
    Phthorimaea operculella, potato moth, potato tuber moth, splitworm
    greyish-brown moth whose larva is the potato tuberworm
    moth having dull forewings and brightly colored hind wings
    Cerapteryx graminis, antler moth
    European moth with white antler-like markings on the forewings; the larvae damage pastures and grasslands
    Heliothis zia, heliothis moth
    medium-sized moth whose larvae are corn earworms
    Pseudaletia unipuncta, armyworm
    moth whose destructive larvae travel in multitudes
    Spodoptera exigua
    moth whose larvae are beet armyworms
    Spodoptera frugiperda
    moth whose larvae are fall armyworms
    Manduca sexta
    moth whose larvae are tobacco hornworms
    Manduca quinquemaculata
    moth whose larvae are tomato hornworms
    Acherontia atropos, death's-head moth
    European hawkmoth with markings on the back resembling a human skull
    Bombyx mori, domestic silkworm moth, domesticated silkworm moth
    stocky creamy-white Asiatic moth found almost entirely under human care; the source of most of the silk commerce
    Saturnia pavonia, emperor, emperor moth
    large moth of temperate forests of Eurasia having heavily scaled transparent wings
    Eacles imperialis, imperial moth
    large American moth having yellow wings with purplish or brownish markings; larvae feed on e.g. maple and pine trees
    giant silkworm moth, silkworm moth
    any silkworm moth of the family Saturniidae
    Actias luna, luna moth
    large pale-green American moth with long-tailed hind wings and a yellow crescent-shaped mark on each forewing
    Hyalophora cecropia, cecropia, cecropia moth
    North American silkworm moth; larvae feed on the leaves of forest trees
    Automeris io, io moth
    large yellow American moth having a large eyelike spot on each hind wing; the larvae have stinging spines
    Antheraea polyphemus, polyphemus moth
    very large yellowish-brown American silkworm moth with large eyespots on hind wings; larvae feed on fruit and shade trees
    Antheraea pernyi, pernyi moth
    a Chinese moth that produces a brownish silk
    Antheraea mylitta, tussah, tusseh, tusser, tussore, tussur
    oriental moth that produces brownish silk
    tiger moth
    medium-sized moth with long richly colored and intricately patterned wings; larvae are called woolly bears
    Callimorpha jacobeae, cinnabar, cinnabar moth
    large red-and-black European moth; larvae feed on leaves of ragwort; introduced into United States to control ragwort
    eggar, egger
    moth having nonfunctional mouthparts as adults; larvae feed on tree foliage and spin egg-shaped cocoons
    Malacosoma disstria, tent-caterpillar moth
    moth whose gregarious larvae spin webs resembling carpets
    lappet, lappet moth
    medium-sized hairy moths; larvae are lappet caterpillars
    webworm moth
    a variety of moth that spins a web in which it lives
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    lepidopteran, lepidopteron, lepidopterous insect
    insect that in the adult state has four wings more or less covered with tiny scales
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