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magpie moth

noun
1.
a geometrid moth, Abraxas grossulariata, showing variable patterning in black on white or yellow, whose looper larvae attack currant and gooseberry bushes. The paler clouded magpie is A. sylvata
2.
small magpie, an unrelated micro, Eurrhypara hortulata
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  • Falstaff knew that, and, like the magpie moth, wisely counterfeited death to avoid the irretrievable step of dying.

    Essays in Rebellion Henry W. Nevinson

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