browntail moth


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brown·tail moth

 (broun′tāl′)
n.
A tussock moth (Euproctis chrysorrhoea) with white wings and a tuft of brown hair at the tip of the abdomen, whose caterpillars defoliate shade trees and have irritating hairs that cause a skin rash on contact.

browntail moth

(ˈbraʊnˌteɪl)
n
(Animals) a small brown-and-white European moth, Euproctis phaeorrhoea, naturalized in the eastern US where it causes damage to shade trees: family Lymantriidae (or Liparidae). See also tussock moth
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The browntail moth, Euproctis chrysorrhoea, and satin moth, Leucoma salicis, which are in the same family but with flying females, spread much faster - about 26 and 28 miles per year.