; subclass Pterygota, order Lepidoptera)
Family of medium-sized to large moths in which the body is stout and hairy, the proboscis absent, and the antennae bipectinate. Generally females are larger and slower-flying than males. Larvae are densely hairy, with downward-directed tufts and a fringe. The pupa is in a whitish, parchment-like cocoon. Distribution is world-wide, but the moths are absent from New Zealand.
Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.