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i·o moth

 (ī′ō, ē′ō)
A large yellowish or reddish-brown North American moth (Automeris io) having a prominent eyelike spot on each hind wing.

[After Io, who was tormented by gadflies sent by Hera as a punishment (from the stinging spines of its larvae).]
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Io moth

(Animals) an American saturniid moth, Automeris io, bright yellow with a blue-and-pink eyelike spot on each of the hind wings
[C19: after Io1 (who was tormented by a gadfly), referring to the sting of the larva]
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I′o moth`

a large North American moth, Automeris io, with an eyespot on each hind wing.
[1865–70; after Io1]
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Noun1.Io moth - large yellow American moth having a large eyelike spot on each hind wingio moth - large yellow American moth having a large eyelike spot on each hind wing; the larvae have stinging spines
saturniid, saturniid moth - large brightly colored and usually tropical moth; larvae spin silken cocoons
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Caption: Some moth species, like the Io moth, have markings that match the large rounded eyes of an owl.
Several other types of stinging caterpillars are common in Florida, including the io moth caterpillar (Automeris io), the saddleback caterpillar (Sibine stimulea), and the puss caterpillar (Megalopyge opercularis) (5).