Lepidoptera

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Lepidoptera

an order of insects comprising the butterflies, moths, and skippers, that as adults have four membranous wings more or less covered with scales. — lepidopterous, lepidopteral, adj.
See also: Butterflies
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Noun1.lepidoptera - moths and butterfliesLepidoptera - moths and butterflies    
animal order - the order of animals
class Hexapoda, class Insecta, Hexapoda, Insecta - insects; about five-sixths of all known animal species
lepidopteran, lepidopteron, lepidopterous insect - insect that in the adult state has four wings more or less covered with tiny scales
family Nymphalidae, Nymphalidae - large beautifully colored butterflies
family Satyridae, Satyridae - a widely distributed family of butterflies common near the edges of woods
Danaidae, family Danaidae - small family of usually tropical butterflies: monarch butterflies
family Pieridae, Pieridae - arthropod family including cabbage butterflies; sulphur butterflies
family Lycaenidae, Lycaenidae - family of small usually brilliantly colored butterflies; males have short forelegs
family Tortricidae, Tortricidae - leaf rollers and codling moths
family Geometridae, Geometridae - measuring worms
family Pyralidae, family Pyralididae, Pyralidae, Pyralididae - bee moths; corn borers; flour moths
superfamily Tineoidea, Tineoidea - clothes moths; carpet moths; leaf miners
family Gelechiidae, Gelechiidae - important economic pests
family Noctuidae, Noctuidae - cutworms; armyworms
Bombycidae, family Bombycidae - Chinese silkworm moth
family Saturniidae, Saturniidae - important and widely distributed family of moths including some of the largest insects known
family Lasiocampidae, Lasiocampidae - tent caterpillars; eggars; lappet moths
caterpillar - a wormlike and often brightly colored and hairy or spiny larva of a butterfly or moth
Translations

lepidoptera

[ˌlepɪˈdɒptərə] NPLlepidópteros mpl

lepidoptera

plFalter pl, → Lepidopteren pl (spec)
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