geometrid moth

geometrid moth

noun
slender-bodied broad-winged moth whose larvae are called measuring worms [syn: geometrid
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geometrid moth

any member of a group of moths (order Lepidoptera) that includes the species commonly known as pug, wave, emerald, and carpet moths. The larvae of geometrid moths are called by a variety of common names, including inchworm, cankerworm, looper, and measuring worm. The moths themselves are sometimes called measuring worm moths.

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