lackey moth

noun
variants: or less commonly lackey
plural -s

Definition of lackey moth

: a European moth (Malacosoma neustria) with a larva that is a tent caterpillar sometimes injurious to orchard trees and other woody plants

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History and Etymology for lackey moth

so called from the resemblance of the caterpillar's coat to a footman's livery

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“Lackey moth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lackey%20moth. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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