Definition of lepidopteran in US English:


noun & adjective

  • See Lepidoptera

    • ‘The domesticated silkworm is one of a few lepidopteran species that have been used for genetic analysis.’
    • ‘The silkworm is a lepidopteran insect with a long history of significant agricultural value.’
    • ‘These include various lepidopterans and the African grasshopper, which adopt aposematic coloring as a warning.’
    • ‘It in fact is toxic to only a particular group of lepidopteran insects and particularly cotton bollworms.’
    • ‘Big-eyed bugs are omnivorous, generalist predators and their diverse range of prey species includes aphids and lepidopteran eggs.’