Arctiidae


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Arctiidae

[ärk′tī·ə‚dē]
(invertebrate zoology)
The tiger moths, a family of lepidopteran insects in the suborder Heteroneura.

Arctiidae

 

a family of moths, commonly called tiger moths. Wingspan, 3-8 cm. The wings are brilliantly colored and at rest are folded rooflike over the body.

The caterpillars are covered with hairs (often long ones) growing from flat warts. They are omnivorous, feeding chiefly on the leaves of herbaceous plants or lichens. Tiger moths hibernate as caterpillars and, rarely, as pupae.

There are about 5,000 species, found throughout the world, but with greatest variety in the tropics. About 200 species are found in the USSR. Certain tiger moths are pests; the fall web-worm (Hyphantria cuned) damages gardens and forests and representatives of the genus Ocnogyna harm pasture lands.

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The group was created by Kirby (1892) as a subfamily of Arctiidae, in an arrangement that differs considerably from the current one.
In fact, even its position within the subtribe was disputed by Travassos (1959), who thought that the core concept of the genus belonged in the previous concept of Arctiidae (and not in the then-recognized family Ctenuchidae); this was in accordance with Kirby (1892), who treated Eucereon in his newly created subfamily Phaegopterinae.
Ctenuchidae, Nolidae, Arctiidae e Pericopidae da zona sudeste do Rio Grande do Sul.
On the subfamilies Antichlorinae and Cha rideinae of the lepidopterous families Zygaenidae and Arctiidae.
Euchromiini de Guyane Francaise (Lepidoptera: Arctiidae, Arctiinae).
Descriptions of new species of Zygaenidae and Arctiidae.
Composicao de especies de Arctiidae (Lepidoptera) no sul do Brasil: relacao entre tipos de vegetacao e entre a configuracao espacial do habitat.
Los Arctiidae y Sphingidae (Lepidoptera: Heterocera) del Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Peru: estudio preliminar.
A cladistic study of the Arctiidae (Lepidoptera) by using characters of immatures and adults.