a showy, yellow moth, Automeris io, of North America, having a prominent pink and bluish eyespot on each hind wing.
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Origin of Io moth
First recorded in 1865–70; named after Io
Words nearby Io moth
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British Dictionary definitions for 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 for Io moth
C19: after Io 1 (who was tormented by a gadfly), referring to the sting of the larva
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