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moth

(môth, mŏth)
n. pl. moths (môthz, mŏthz, môths, mŏths)
Any of numerous insects of the order Lepidoptera, generally distinguished from butterflies by their nocturnal activity, hairlike or feathery antennae, stout bodies, and the frenulum that holds the front and back wings together.

moth

a LEPIDOPTERAN that is mainly nocturnal, lacks knobbed antenae, and folds its wings flat at rest. The term has no taxonomic status.
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THE North East is facing an invasion of moths from Europe - and some of them are whoppers.
WILDLIFE lovers are being encouraged to take a "torchlight safari" to patches of late-flowering ivy to spot rare migrant moths which are flocking to the UK.
NEWS "We've planted some in off-show areas and others are by the peccary enclosure and reptile house and we're hoping to create a small oasis of barberry and look at introducing the moth to these sites.
Add up the total number of surviving moths of each color.
A tweak in a portion of the cortex gene painted the speckled gray wings of peppered moths black, researchers report in the June 2 Nature.
The experts are asking members of the public to look out for the brown and orange moths as part of this year's Moth Night events, to get a clearer idea of its distribution in the UK.
MOTHS are being led astray by street lights - with a knock-on effect for flowers, say North East experts.
Larvae were allowed 7 d to exit the diet jars and pupate in the pupation boards, after which the pupation boards were collected and taken to the moth emergence room (N.
Robert Carp, head of pest control company Prokill, which specialises in eradicating properties of the pesky insects, stressed it's the larvae, not the moth, which causes the damage.
On the highway from Roum toward Bkassine, the moth wreaked havoc on trees and bushes, leaving its silk nests across the branches of shrubberies.
When the entire dataset is used, the reduced moth capture at high density flattens the curve, resulting in an equation that has greater error at densities of < 50 moths.