leopard moth


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leopard moth

n.
1. A large moth (Zeuzera pyrina) native to Europe and also found in North America, having white wings with black spots and larvae that damage fruit and nut trees by boring into the wood.
2. A large tiger moth (Hypercompe scribonia) of North America, having white wings with small black circles and spots.
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leopard moth

n
(Animals) a nocturnal European moth, Zeuzera pyrina, having white wings and body, both marked with black spots: family Cossidae
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He did win the race in 1933 in a de Havilland Leopard Moth.
-THE moth pictured was a Goat Moth, not the smaller, lighter Leopard Moth (Page 42, August 20).
It is however a leopard moth. Although it can do some harm during the caterpillar stage - when it will tunnel into the stems of some woody plants - it is something you don't see that often and frankly I suggest you treat it as an "interesting bit of wildlife" rather than a pest.