Common Name: Underwings, tiger moths, tussock moths, ctenuchid moths, and others
Description: This is an extremely diverse family of moths that is currently divided into 16 subfamilies. The more distinctive groups include:
- Arctiinae (tiger moths, wasp moths, and ctenuchids). Often vivid and contrasting in color. Tiger moths are nocturnal but wasp moths and ctenuchids are often diurnal. Larvae are “woolly bears”.
- Erebinae (underwings). Front wings mottled brown or gray cover hind wings marked with concentric bands of contrasting color.
- Lymantriinae (tussock moths). Adults are typically camouflaged with brown or gray wings. Larvae bear conspicuous tufts of long hairs.
- Hypeninae (snout moths). Adults are typically triangular in shape and have long palps resembling a snout.