pepper-and-salt moth

noun

: a geometrid moth (Biston cognataria) having a larva that feeds on various deciduous plants (as willow, apple, and black currant)

Word History

Etymology

so called from the sprinkling of dark brown or black on its dull white wings

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“Pepper-and-salt moth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pepper-and-salt%20moth. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

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