Arctiidae

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Vernacular names
• Deutsch: Bärenspinner
• English: tiger moths
Estigmene acrea caterpillar (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University
Source: IPM Images

Arctiidae - (tiger moths)

This family contains small to medium-size, usually colourful moths. There are more than 10,000 species. The moths are stout-bodied with moderately broad wings, often marked with colourful spots or bands. The proboscis is rarely developed.

The fast moving, and hairy caterpillers ('bear caterpillars') are polyphagous. Some species are crops pests like the fall webworm, Hyphantria cunea. Other species are considered beneficial as biological control agents of weeds, see Arctiidae (weed bioagents).

For details see the respective page in Wikipedia.


The following genera and individual species are currently entered under Erebidae: