swift moth

/ˈswɪft mɒθ/ (say 'swift moth)

noun
any of various moths of the family Hepialidae, having reduced mouth parts, short antennae and larvae which tunnel in trees or soil and are agricultural and forestry pests.
Also, ghost moth.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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