from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name of a Japanese shrike, Lanius bucephalus, so called because of a buff patch on the wing.
  • n. A name of a moth similarly marked.


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  • The lappet moth (Gastropacha querci) closely resembles both in shape and colour a brown dry leaf; and the well-known buff-tip moth, when at rest is like the broken end of a lichen-covered branch.

    Contributions to the Theory of Natural Selection A Series of Essays

  • In the former cases the perfect insect is usually adorned with conspicuous colours, as the burnet and ragwort moths; but in the case of the buff-tip, the moth resembles a broken piece of rotten stick, yet it is partly inedible, being refused by lizards.

    Darwinism (1889)

  • Such are the mullein and the gooseberry caterpillars, the larvae of the spurge hawk-moth, of the buff-tip, and many others.

    Darwinism (1889)


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