Definition of emperor moth in English:

emperor moth


  • A large moth of the silk moth family with eyespots on all four wings.

    • ‘They ate emperor moth caterpillars, toasted giant leafcutter ants, black Himalayan ants from China, mealworms, chocolate-covered ants, fish eyes, whitebait, tripe, eels, and snails.’
    • ‘The Peaks are also a stronghold for the striking green hairstreak butterfly and the emperor moth, which feeds on heather.’
    • ‘Fried locusts were common before the advent of pesticides, and the brightly coloured mopane ‘worms’, which feed on the mopane tree, actually caterpillars of the emperor moth, are much eaten in season.’
    • ‘The eggs are laid by a large and attractive moth, with a name to fit, the mopane emperor moth.’