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Notodontidae - Prominent Moths



 Phylum: Arthropoda
 Subphylum: Hexapoda
 Order: Lepidoptera
 Family: Notodontidae

Walnut MothThere are around 3,500 species of medium-sized moths in this family. Most of the moths in this family are gray, olive green, tan, or brown. Some species have black spots or streaks.

Prominent moths are nocturnal and are found in all parts of the world, but the largest number of species are found in tropical areas in the New World.

Most species have thick, furry bodies and long, narrow forewings. Most of the moths in this family fold their wings in a tent-shape when they are at rest. Many species have tufts of hair on their forewings that poke up when the moth's wings are folded. Many of the caterpillars in this family raise both ends of their body when they are disturbed. Larvae in this family pupate underground.

World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in Wild extinctExtinct
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist. If no status is listed, there is not enough data to establish status.

US Status Key
Threatened in USThreatened in US Threatened in New HampshireThreatened in NH Endangered in USEndangered in US Endangered in NHEndangered in NH IntroducedIntroduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife and NH Fish and Game

  New Hampshire Species


 New Hampshire Species

Sigmoid Prominent - Clostera albosigma
Clostera strigosa
Angus's Datana - Datana angusii
Datana modesta
White Furcula - Furcula borealis
Furcula modesta
Furcula occidentalis
Gluphisia avimacula
Gluphisia lintneri
Common Gluphisia - Gluphisia septentrionis
Wavy-lined Heterocampa - Heterocampa biundata
Maple Prominent - Heterocampa guttivitta
Oblique Heterocampa - Heterocampa obliqua
Double-lined Prominent - Lochmaeus bilineata
Variable Oakleaf Caterpillar Moth - Lochmaeus manteo
Mottled Prominent - Macrurocampa marthesia

  White-dotted Prominent - Nadata gibbosa
Double-toothed Prominent - Nerice bidentata
Notodonta scitipennis
Notodonta simplaria
Elegant Prominent - Odontosia elegans
White-Streaked Prominent - Oligocentria lignicolor
Red-washed Prominent - Oligocentria semirufescens
Angulose Prominent - Peridea angulosa
Oval-based Prominent - Peridea basitriens
Chocolate Prominent - Peridea ferruginea
Black-rimmed Prominent - Pheosia rimosa
Plain Schizura - Schizura apicali
Chestnut Schizura - Schizura badia
Morning-glory Prominent - Schizura ipomoeae
Black-blotched Schizura - Schizura leptinoides
Unicorn Caterpillar Moth - Schizura unicornis

Additional Information

Key: profile Profile Photos Photos Video Video Audio Audio New Hampshire Species NH Species

Double-toothed Prominent - Nerice bidentata profile Photos New Hampshire Species
The double-toothed prominent is found throughout eastern North America. The caterpillar is found on elm trees.
Source: Butterflies and Moths of North America Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School

Maple Prominent - Heterocampa guttivitta Photos New Hampshire Species
The maple prominent is also known as the saddled prominent. The caterpillar is found on apple, beech, birches, maples, sumacs, and other trees.
Source: Butterflies and Moths of North America Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School