One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A stout moth that has boldly spotted and streaked wings.
Arctia and other genera, family Arctiidae: many species
- ‘Consider the Isabella tiger moth, seen from coast to coast.’
- ‘For example tiger moths make a loud noise, perfectly within the bats' range of hearing and timed to be in between the bats' echolocation calls so that they are as unmistakeable as possible.’
- ‘Searching the Siberian hinterlands for a tiger moth that is surely extinct by now is his idea of fun.’
- ‘A tiger moth swooped down and brushed Anna with its dusty wings before gliding off into the distance.’
- ‘Others, like the tiger moth, hear the bat and emit a jamming signal in the ultrasonic frequency spectrum.’
tiger moth/ˈtīɡər ˌmôTH/
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