Io moth

[ ahy-oh mawth, moth ]

noun
  1. a showy, yellow moth, Automeris io, of North America, having a prominent, black-ringed eyespot on each hindwing: the larva has venomous stinging spines.

Origin of Io moth

1
First recorded in 1865–70; named after the mythological character Io1
  • Also called pea·cock moth [pee-kok mawth, moth] /ˈpi kɒk ˌmɔθ, ˌmɒθ/ .

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How to use Io moth in a sentence

  • 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

noun
  1. an American saturniid moth, Automeris io, bright yellow with a blue-and-pink eyelike spot on each of the hind wings

Origin of Io moth

1
C19: after Io 1 (who was tormented by a gadfly), referring to the sting of the larva

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