Goat moth


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Goat moth (Zoöl) any moth of the genus Cossus, esp. the large European species (Cossus ligniperda), the larva of which burrows in oak and willow trees, and requires three years to mature. It exhales an odor like that of the he-goat.
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In literature:

Down at her right hand, bordering a water, stood a sallow, a dead tree, channelled inside with the brown trail of a goat-moth.
"Sandra Belloni, Complete" by George Meredith
THE GOAT MOTH 225 119.
"Butterflies and Moths" by William S. Furneaux
The caterpillar of the great goat-moth feeds upon the wood of timber trees, notably oak, willow, and poplar.
"The Swan and Her Crew" by George Christopher Davies