Io moth

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\ ˈī-(ˌ)ō- How to pronounce Io moth (audio) \

Definition of Io moth

: a chiefly North American saturniid moth (Automeris io) having a large circular eyelike spot on the upper surface of each hind wing and a green larva with stinging spines

First Known Use of Io moth

1870, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Io moth

Latin Io

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