Family Arctiidae subfamily Arctiinae

Medium to relatively large, stout-bodied, broad-winged moths, often conspicuously marked and brightly coloured; includes the ermine moth (Fig. 140) and tiger moths (Fig. 141); proboscis present. Larvae very hairy, the hairs arising in tufts from verrucae, but with a glabrous, shiny head; crochets form a mesoseries on each abdominal proleg, with those at each end much reduced in size (Fig. 115f). Pupation occurs in a flimsy, silken cocoon incorporating the larval body hairs.

EXAMPLES: Arctia caja (garden tiger moth),

Spilosoma lutea (buff ermine moth).

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