The moult, which precedes their metamorphosis, constitutes a crisis, as with the caterpillars of Lepidoptera.
Lana: wool: the long hair on the abdomen of some Lepidoptera.
The Noctuidae are the largest and most dominant family of the Lepidoptera, comprising some 10,000 known species.
Lingua spiralis: the spiral tongue of Lepidoptera: see glossa.
Meron: in Neuroptera, a sclerite posterior to the coxa and below the epimeron: corresponds to the trochantine in Lepidoptera.
Sagitta: arrow-like spots on the wings of Lepidoptera and other insects.
The larv of leaf-eating beetles may be bred as the larv of Lepidoptera.
Tentacular -um: retractile processes on the larvae of Lepidoptera.
In both these respects they are far surpassed by the Lepidoptera.
These Lepidoptera are for children to play with, pretty to look at, so some think.
1773, "insects with four scaly wings," the biological classification that includes butterflies and moths, coined 1735 in Modern Latin by Swedish botanist Carolus Linnaeus (Karl von Linné, 1707-1778) from Greek lepido-, comb. form of lepis (genitive lepidos) "(fish) scale" (related to lepein "to peel;" see leper) + pteron "wing, feather" (see pterodactyl).