The Caterpillars of the CTENUCHINAE are mostly covered uniformly in dark hairs. The hairs can cause Urticaria in sensitive people. The Caterpillars typically feed and move about during the daytime.

They pupate in a cocoon made of silk with their hairs matted together.

The adults are small to medium in size, with wings that are black with translucent orange spots. Their bodies typically have tranverse bands alternating in orange and black, hence their name ‘Wasp Moths’. However the coloration does not denote any hazard except that the moths are poisonous if eaten.

The adult moths of many species in this subfamily fly during daylight hours.