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emperor moth

any of several large saturniid moths, especially Saturnia pavonia of temperate forests in Europe and Asia, characterized by heavily scaled wings with large, transparent eyespots.
Origin of emperor moth
First recorded in 1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Take, for instance, the caterpillar of the emperor moth (Saturnia pavonia minor).

    Unconscious Memory Samuel Butler
  • So the emperor moth came out on the 2nd of April, and the same day there was a yellow and a white butterfly in the garden.

    Field and Hedgerow Richard Jefferies

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