Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In entomology: A genus of zygænid moths, having the fore wings blue, the hind brown, antennæ sublinear, in the male bipectinate, palpi slender, wings maculate, and larvæ ovate, contracted, delicately pilose. It is widespread, of 20 or 30 species, represented in Europe, Africa, Australia, and both Americas. P. americana is very destructive to the grape in the United States, its larvæ feeding gregariously on the under side of the leaves, and often entirely defoliating the vine. There are two annual generations, and the pupæ hibernate in tough oblong oval cocoons spun in some sheltered spot or crevice. The best remedy is underspraying with Paris green. P. statice is known as the forester-moth.
- n. A genus of butterflies.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) Any species of small moths of the genus Procris. The larvæ of some species injure the grapevine by feeding in groups upon the leaves.
“I came across what I thought was dried bird poo at one point but realised the bird poo was alive when it raised its tail (see Moduza procris procris (Commander) caterpillar body photo above and note the narrower end) at me like a snake about to strike.”
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