The Notodontidi are a family of moths belonging to the superfamily Noctuoidea. It is a family of moths with about 3,800 known species.
The moths of this family are found in all parts of the world, but are most concentrated in tropical areas, particularly in the Americas.
Particularly present and with bad reputation, in the area of research, it is the Thaumetopoea pityocampa, better known as pine processionary.
The species of this family tend to have a aspect
heavy, wings at rest are folded along the back of the body. Rarely, in this family, see the bright colors,
usually the prevailing colors are gray or the brown, except Dioptinae subfamily (Grimaldi and Engel, 2005). The adults do not feed.