tiger moth

noun

Definition of tiger moth 

: any of a family (Arctiidae) of stout-bodied moths usually with broad striped or spotted wings

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Whereas the winged mammals home in on insects with frighteningly accurate sonar, some of their prey—such as the tiger moth—fight back with sonar clicks and even jamming signals. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Watch how battles with bats give moths their flashy tails," 4 July 2018 The Idalus herois tiger moth produces clicks to jam the natural sonar of bats, which use echolocation to track down prey. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "A Frog Whose Babies Pop out of Its Back and More Freaky Animals," 29 Oct. 2016

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1816, in the meaning defined above

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