The erebidae, are the largest family of moths, with over 24,500 species spread all over the world.
The wings have a wide variety of geometries and colors, although the predominance is in the range between yellow, reddish and brownish-gray or light brown.
Adults feed (except in the case of Lymantriinae) the nectar of a huge variety of flowers. The caterpillars are usually polyphagous, and can cause serious damage to crops and the forests. Preferred are the leaves of trees and shrubs, but some larvae also attack the stems of herbaceous plants, chopping them off near the base.
Some species of Arctiinae feed on lichens and epiphytic algae.