Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to lepidopteran: order Lepidoptera


Any of numerous insects of the order Lepidoptera, which includes the butterflies and moths, characterized by four membranous wings covered with small scales and having larvae that are called caterpillars.

[From New Latin Lepidoptera, order name : lepido- + Greek ptera, pl. of pteron, wing, winged creature; see -pter.]

lep′i·dop′ter·an, lep′i·dop′ter·ous adj.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


n, pl -terans or -tera (-tərə)
(Animals) also: lepidopteron any of numerous insects of the order Lepidoptera, typically having two pairs of wings covered with fragile scales, mouthparts specialized as a suctorial proboscis, and caterpillars as larvae: comprises the butterflies and moths
(Zoology) of, relating to, or belonging to the order Lepidoptera
[C19: from New Latin lepidoptera, from lepido- + Greek pteron wing]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


(ˌlɛp ɪˈdɒp tər ən)

adj. n.
2. a lepidopterous insect.
[1850–55; New Latin Lepidoptera=lepido- + Greek pterón feather]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lepidopteran - insect that in the adult state has four wings more or less covered with tiny scaleslepidopteran - insect that in the adult state has four wings more or less covered with tiny scales
insect - small air-breathing arthropod
Lepidoptera, order Lepidoptera - moths and butterflies
butterfly - diurnal insect typically having a slender body with knobbed antennae and broad colorful wings
moth - typically crepuscular or nocturnal insect having a stout body and feathery or hairlike antennae
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in periodicals archive ?
2011, 2017) controlling lepidopteran caterpillar populations (Saraiva et al.
One of the most investigated species is Bombyx mori since it has become a model organism for lepidopteran studies.
Lepidopteran pests, Spodoptera exigua (Murillo et al., 2001; Wu et al., 2012; Khattab, 2013).
The lepidopteran Chrysodeixis includens (Walker, [1858]) (Noctuidae) is a widely distributed pest in the Americas, occurring from the north of the United States to the south of South America (Moscardi et al., 2012).
In early research, the platform has been shown to be comparable or superior to commercial comparators in trials evaluating performance against lepidopteran, hemipteran, and other pests.
A characteristic feature of lepidopteran scales is a herring bone (V-shaped) pattern of fine lines in between larger ridges that extend along the scale.
With a wingspan of up to 10 cm, this impressive lepidopteran is dappled in deep blue and pale yellow with crimson on the hind wings, wings that also sport the narrow tail filaments of the species' name.
Another Lepidopteran cousin, a small moth, survives in plain sight in its adult stage by resembling a bird dropping.
The aligned insect PPOs (totally 89 PPOs from 34 insect species) are clustered into six distinct groups, including the subfamilies for two lepidopteran PPOs, two dipteran PPOs, one coleopteran PPO, and one hymenopteran PPO.
Field trial was conducted for screening of ten promising short duration pigeonpea genotypes (AL 1495, AL 1735, AL 1747, AL 1770, AL 1790, PA 409, PUSA-2012-1, PA 406, AL 201, PAU 881) along with two checks, Manak and UPAS 120 against lepidopteran pod borers and pod fly at Norman E.