Prominknts

Most promincnts arc drably colorcd, with camouflage patterning. The common name refers to tufts of scales that, in some species, stick up prominently from the rear margins of the forewings when folded. A few species, such as the Buff-tip (Phalera bucephala), mimic broken twigs.

• I JFK CY( JJt Eggs are laid on the leaves of host plants. The caterpillars cat foliage and feed in groups to protect themselves from attacks by birds. Some produce chemicals and adopt threatening postures. Certain prominent caterpillars arc described as "processionary" due to their nighttime habit of moving in a long, head-to-tail line when seeking food. During the day, these species often shelter ¿7/ masse, sometimes in a loose, silk nest.

• OCCl IK HENCE Worldwide. In a variety of habitats on their host plants - most commonly shrubs, trees, and leguminous plants.

white hindwings ■

hairy thorax camouflage wing

EPICOMA MEIANOSTICA is an Australian species whose caterpillars feed on the leaves of Leptospermum species, common in southern and eastern parts of Australia.

i yellow margin on hindwings

\ tuft o f bright orangish hairs

DA'EANA MINIS I RA is a rather drably colored species, found in North America. Its caterpillars have black and yellow stripes and feed on a variety of deciduous tree foliage.

AN API Hi PANDA, the Banded Bagnest, lives in Africa and is named after the silk shelters spun by its caterpillars during the day. Some genus members defoliate their host trees.

CATKRPIU.ARS are brightly colored, hairy, or striped, with fleshy bumps on their back.

dark spots at base and along edge of forewings stout, furry abdomen dark spots at base and along edge of forewings

Clurn A VINE I A, the Puss Moth, is common in Europe and parts of Asia and has highly distinctive patterning.

grayish brown zigzag markings long, white, hairtrke scales at wing bases

CATKRPIU.ARS are brightly colored, hairy, or striped, with fleshy bumps on their back.

stout, furry abdomen

0rder LKPIDOPTKRA

Family pyRALIDAE

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