cecropia moth

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ce·cro·pi·a moth

A large North American silkworm moth (Hyalophora cecropia) having brownish wings with red and white markings.

[New Latin cecropia, specific epithet, from Latin, feminine of Cecropius, Athenian, from Greek Kekropios, from Kekrops, Cecrops, a legendary Athenian knight.]

cecropia moth

(sɪˈkrəʊpɪə) or


(Animals) a large North American saturniid moth, Hyalophora (or Samia) cecropia, with brightly coloured wings and feathery antennae
[C19: New Latin, from Latin Cecropius belonging to Cecrops]

ce•cro′pi•a moth`

(sɪˈkroʊ pi ə)
a large North American silkworm moth, Hyalophora cecropia, the larvae of which feed on tree leaves. Also called ce•cro′pi•a.
[1865–70, Amer.; < New Latin, Latin: feminine of Cecropius pertaining to Cecrops, legendary ruler of Attica]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cecropia moth - North American silkworm mothcecropia moth - North American silkworm moth; larvae feed on the leaves of forest trees
saturniid, saturniid moth - large brightly colored and usually tropical moth; larvae spin silken cocoons
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Colorful Caterpillar: Cecropia moth larva; Bastrop, Texas
Successive oocytes in an ovariole of the closely related cecropia moth (Hyalophora cecropia) mature more slowly and decline in size as depletion of two yoke proteins occurs (Telfer and Rutberg, 1960).
Inside this tough, silk cocoon is the pupa of a big, beautiful cecropia moth.