Definitions of saturniid
  1. noun
    large brightly colored and usually tropical moth; larvae spin silken cocoons
    synonyms: saturniid moth
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    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
    Samia cynthia, Samia walkeri, cynthia moth
    large Asiatic moth introduced into the United States; larvae feed on the ailanthus
    Atticus atlas, atlas moth
    giant saturniid moth widespread in Asia; sometimes cultured for silk
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    typically crepuscular or nocturnal insect having a stout body and feathery or hairlike antennae
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