Moths of the Amazon
Superfamily - NOCTUOIDEA
Family - NOTODONTIDAE
Crinodes besckei, Manu cloudforest, 1400m, Peru ©
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
are remarkably disguised as fallen seeds or nuts.
is found in rainforest and cloudforest habitats throughout tropical
and sub tropical regions of the neotropics.
It occurs at altitudes between sea level and about 1800m.
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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.