Notodonta torva

Notodonta torva, the large dark prominent, is a moth of the family Notodontidae. The species was first described by Jacob Hübner in 1803. It is found in most of Europe (although it is a very rare immigrant to Great Britain), east to the China, Korea and Japan.

Large dark prominent
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Noctuoidea
Family: Notodontidae
Genus: Notodonta
N. torva
Binomial name
Notodonta torva
(Hübner, 1803)
  • Peridea musculus Kiriakoff, 1963

The wingspan is about 48 mm. Adults are on the wing from the end of April to August in two generations in western Europe.

The larvae mainly feed on Populus species (including P. tremula and P. nigra) and Salix species (including S. caprea, S. cinerea and S. phylicifolia). Larvae can be found in June and again from August to September. The species overwinters in the pupal stage.


External linksEdit

  • Kimber, Ian. "71.014 BF2001 Large Dark Prominent Notodonta torva (Hübner, [1803])". UKMoths. Retrieved 4 July 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  • Fauna Europaea
  • Lepidoptera of Belgium
  • Lepiforum e.V.