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(Science: zoology) An order of insects, which includes the butterflies and moths. They have broad wings, covered with minute overlapping scales, usually brightly coloured.

They have a tubular proboscis, or haustellum, formed by the two slender maxillae. The labial palpi are usually large, and the proboscis, when not in use, can be coiled up spirally between them. The mandibles are rudimentary. The larvae, called caterpillars, are often brightly coloured, and they commonly feed on leaves. The adults feed chiefly on the honey of flowers.

Origin: NL, fr. Gr, a scale _ a feather, wind.

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Complete metamorphosis of lepidoptera?

Hey, i am currently working on a very specific project about the metamorphosis of lepidoptera in the pupa stage. I want to make a short animated movie clip which explains the pupa stage of the metamorphisis - especially the changes of the internal organs. My problem ...

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by jolinar
Fri Aug 17, 2012 6:40 pm
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: Complete metamorphosis of lepidoptera?
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Aren't the unmatched chromosomes female in birds? In birds, and lepidoptera, among others, females are the heterogametic sex (assuming "unmatched" means XY or ZW)

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by Tweedy
Fri Jul 10, 2009 12:36 pm
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Topic: heritability of Z-linked trait
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What in the world??!?

... moth, I believe. Let me go check... Yes, here it is on my most favorite site : http://www.whatsthatbug.com/clearwing_moth.html Class Insecta Order Lepidoptera Family Sphingidae, the Hummingbird Moths.

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by February Beetle
Tue May 29, 2007 12:34 pm
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Topic: What in the world??!?
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please help me downloading an article.

title:Pachytene mapping in the female silkworm, Bombyx mori L. (Lepidoptera). author:Traut W. I find it from NCBI,but I can't download the full text.if you can,please do me a favor. thank you for your self-giving! my email:mloonjin@yahoo.com.cn

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by mloonjin
Tue May 08, 2007 10:27 am
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: please help me downloading an article.
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The Fiber Disease

... This dominant type gene expression in the form of a semi autonomous and sensing fiber is in fact a break away group cell. A variant form. Lepidoptera is one of its dominant gene in-put Its overall character is inbetween plant(cellulose) and insect (chitin)cell. Single cell micro organisms ...

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by al
Mon Dec 18, 2006 12:46 am
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: The Fiber Disease
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