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Ochrogaster lunifer larvae migrating for pupation (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Christopher Watson
Source: Wikimedia Commons
Vernacular names
• Deutsch: Prozessionsspinner
• English: processionary moths
procession moths
• Español: notodóntidos
• Français: notodontidés

Notodontidae (prominents and processionary moths)

The species of this family are nocturnal moths with elongated forewings. The larvae feed on trees and shrubs. The most important pests in this family are the processionary moths which are usually treated as as subfamily (Thaumetopoeinae). However, sometimes they are regarded as a separate family (Thaumetopoeidae).

The family is related to the Noctuidae and contains around 3,000 species of medium-sized to large moths with a wing-span of 25 to 70 mm. The adults have a characteristic projection on the inner margin of the forewings. The caterpillars can have different forms, often they are quipped with spines, appendages or long hairs.


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