Moths of the Amazon
CRAMER & STOLL, 1781
Superfamily - NOCTUOIDEA
Family - NOTODONTIDAE
Velo de la Novia,
The family Notodontidae has representatives throughout the world in
temperate and tropical regions. The moths are commonly known as
Prominents, a name which refers to the prominent raised tufts of
hair-like scales on the thorax.
is confined to the neotropics and comprises about 40 medium sized
species, all of which are cryptically patterned in shades of brown.
They have raised tufts of scales on the wings and thorax, their
heads are retracted, and they usually rest with their wings tightly
folded around the body and their legs hidden beneath the wings. The
overall effect is to make them
look very solid and 3-dimensional. Some species look like bits of
bark, others like dead leaves, while some species such as
are remarkably disguised as fallen seeds or nuts.
found in Ecuador, Peru and Brazil.
This species is
found in rainforest and cloudforest habitats
at altitudes between about
To be completed.
moths are attracted to tungsten, fluorescent and mercury vapour
lighting, and during daylight hours can sometimes be found at rest on
foliage, or amongst leaf litter on the forest floor.