Promethea moth


Promethea moth
/preuh mee"thee euh/
a silkworm moth, Callosamia promethea, having reddish-brown wings, each with a border of white or yellow, the larvae of which feed on spicebush and other lauraceous plants. Also called spicebush silk moth. See illus. under moth.
[1900-05, Amer.; < NL, fem. of L Prometheus PROMETHEUS]

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