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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Zasloff suspects that magainins may be the vertebrate counterpart of cecropins, 37-amino-acid-long antibacterial peptides found circulating in insects such as the Cecropia moth, which lacks both lymphocytes and antibodies.
Cecropia moths, with wing spans of up to 5 inches, fall prey in substantial numbers to a parasitic fly first brought to the United States to rein in gypsy moths, report George H.