a.1.(Zool.) Having the wings covered with small scalelike structures, as the Lepidoptera; scaly-winged.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Outnumbered only by the beetles, butterflies and moths make up the second largest insect order; Lepidoptera (meaning scale-winged).
Most of New York State's insects fall into just four orders: Coeloptera (beetles - the sheath-winged insects); Lepidoptera @moths, butterflies and skippers - the scale-winged insects); Diptera (true flies - the two-winged insects); and Hymenoptera (bees, wasps and ants - the membrane winged insects).