promethea moth

noun
pro·​me·​thea moth | \ prə|ˈmēthēə-, prō| \
variants: or less commonly prometheus moth \ -​thēəs-​ , -​ˌth(y)üs-​ \

Definition of promethea moth

: a large American saturniid silkworm moth (Callosamia promethea) having the wings and body chiefly smoky brown in the male and reddish brown in the female and a larva that feeds on sassafras, wild cherry, and other trees and suspends its cocoon from a branch by a silken band — compare cecropia moth

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History and Etymology for promethea moth

promethea from New Latin, from Latin, feminine of prometheus Promethean; prometheus from Greek Promētheus

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“Promethea moth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/promethea%20moth. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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