belonging or pertaining to the Lepidoptera, an order of insects comprising the butterflies, moths, and skippers, that in the adult state have four membranous wings more or less covered with small scales.
- non·lep·i·dop·ter·al, adjective
- non·lep·i·dop·ter·ous, adjective
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How to use lepidopterous in a sentence
Many rare lepidopterous larv may be obtained by the use of the beating net and by beating foliage over an umbrella.Directions for Collecting and Preserving Insects | C. V. Riley
Some lepidopterous larv even (Alucita pentadactyla, Callimorpha rosea, &c.) assume the pupa state within their last skin.
The angular lepidopterous ones, however, are more gaily decorated.
lepidopterous pup, however, are not excluded from the last skin of the larv with this hard covering.
Grape vines are subject to the attacks of many lepidopterous insects.American Pomology | J. A. Warder