magpie moth

noun

Definition of magpie moth 

: either of two black-and-white moths:

a : a European geometrid moth (Abraxas grossulariata) whose larva feeds on currant and gooseberry bushes

b : any of several Australian and New Zealand moths of the genus Nyctemera having hairy larvae that feed on many plants

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