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Io moth

a showy, yellow moth, Automeris io, of North America, having a prominent pink and bluish eyespot on each hind wing.
Origin of Io moth
First recorded in 1865-70; named after Io Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Long ago when the little ones of the Io moth were small, they were, like most caterpillars, very ugly little things.

    Woodland Tales Ernest Seton-Thompson
British Dictionary definitions for Io moth

Io moth

an American saturniid moth, Automeris io, bright yellow with a blue-and-pink eyelike spot on each of the hind wings
Word Origin
C19: after Io1 (who was tormented by a gadfly), referring to the sting of the larva
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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