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Io moth

noun
1.
a showy, yellow moth, Automeris io, of North America, having a prominent pink and bluish eyespot on each hind wing.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; named after Io
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Io moth

noun
1.
an American saturniid moth, Automeris io, bright yellow with a blue-and-pink eyelike spot on each of the hind wings
Word Origin
C19: after Io1 (who was tormented by a gadfly), referring to the sting of the larva
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