One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large, mainly yellow North American moth of the silkworm moth family, with prominent eyespots on the hind wings.
Automeris io, family Saturniidae
- ‘The Io moth (Automeris io) is a very colorful North American moth in the Saturniidae family.’
- ‘The Io moth, named for a character in Greek mythology, has a very obvious black eyespot on each hindwing.’
Late 19th century: named after the Greek priestess Io.
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