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An order of insects composed of the moths and butterflies, characterized by wings covered with delicate scales.
[G. lepis, scale, + pteron, wing]
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Lepidoptera(lĕp″ĭ-dŏp′tĕr-ă) [″ + pteron, feather, wing]
An order of the class Insecta that includes the butterflies, moths, and skippers; characterized by scaly wings, sucking mouth parts, and complete metamorphosis.
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Lepidopterathe ENDOPTERYGOTE order of insects containing butterflies and moths, characterized by the presence of scales on the wings and body. Butterflies and moths are no longer classed as separate taxa. The larvae are caterpillars, which feed mainly on plant tissues; the winged adults are usually nectar feeders and are important in pollination.
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