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- n. Plural form of lepidopteran.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
This site seems to suggest that he's referring to other lepidopterans, but as I don't have access to his book I can't check.
Hymenopterans (bees, etc.), lepidopterans (butterflies and moths) and dipterans (flies) constituted the majority of the victims.
The lepidopterans go through sexual reproduction in that the male uses his penis to pass the female his sperm.
Insects began to diversify, and the oldest known ants, termites and some lepidopterans appeared - as did aphids, grasshoppers, and wasps.
The company's insecticide products mainly control lepidopterans such as loopers, leafrollers and armyworms, and sucking pests like mites, aphids, whiteflies and thrips.