A large North American silkworm moth (Hyalophora cecropia) having brownish wings with red and white markings.
The largest moth (Hyalophora cecropia) of the U.S., having wide brown wings, each with a crescent-shaped spot of white edged in red.
Origin of cecropia-moth
- New Latin cecropia specific epithet from Latin feminine of Cecropius Athenian from Greek Kekropios from Kekrops Cecrops, a legendary Athenian knight
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition