One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A silk moth of a family (Saturniidae ) which includes the emperor moths and the giant Indian silk moths. They typically have prominent eyespots on the wings.
- ‘Further, extending our study, we also tested the conservation of a selected number of loci in different lepidopteran insects, including B. mandarina, the nearest wild relative to silkworm, a group of saturniids, and a noctuid.’
Late 19th century: from modern Latin Saturniidae (plural), from the genus name Saturnia.
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