processionary moth

noun
variants: or less commonly processional moth or procession moth

Definition of processionary moth

: a moth of the genus Thaumetopoea whose larvae make large webs on oak trees and go out in columns to feed

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“Processionary moth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/processionary%20moth. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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