AACATTATATTTTATTTTTGGTATTTGATCTGGTATAGTAGGAACTTCTCTTAGTTTATTAATCCGAGCTGAATTAGGAAATCCAGGATCATTAATTGGAAATGATCAAATTTATAATACGATTGTAACAGCTCATGCTTTTATTATAATTTTCTTTATAGTTATACCAATTATAATTGGAGGATTTGGAAATTGATTAGTACCTTTAATATTAGGGGCTCCAGATATAGCCTTCCCCCGTATAAATAATATAAGATTTTGATTACTACCCCCATCATTAACCCTTTTAATTTCAAGAAGAATTGTAGAAAATGGAGCCGGTACAGGATGAACAGTTTACCCCCCACTTTCATCAAATATTGCTCATGGAGGAAGATCAGTAGATTTAGCTATTTTTTCCCTTCATTTAGCTGGTATCTCATCAATTTTAGGAGCTATTAATTTTATTACTACAATTATTAATATGCGATTAACTAATCTATCATTCGATCAAATACCATTATTTATTTGAGCTGTAGGAATTACAGCTTTCCTTCTTTTATTATCATTACCTGTATTAGCAGGAGCTATTACTATATTATTAACTGATCGAAATTTAAATACATCATTTTTTGATCCTGCTGGAGGGGGAGATCCAATTCTTTATCAACACTTATTT -- end --
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The moth has white forewings with black connected wavy arches which gives the moth its name. The light brown hindwings have white fringes having black spots. Female is larger and has elongated wings. The moth also has a characteristic biscuit-coloured abdomen with a black band. The moth has a wingspan of 4 to 5 cm.
White forewing with black basal spots and four sharply angulate black transverse lines, the second of which is the broadest; hindwing greyish white and grey. Abdomen light rosepink. The species varies strongly and has received the following aberrational names, nigra Fr. : The two central bands are confluent at the costal and posterior margins, forming black spots, or the whole median area is dark, the red of the abdomen usually weaker, eremita G. : Forewing and abdomen smoke-brown or blackish grey, the former with black markings, atra Linst.: Forewing uniformly black, without markings, hindwing greyish brown,adomen black, lutea Anel is a light form in which the central bands are interrupted; the red colour of the ab domen is equally deep almost to the thorax, flavoabdominalis Schultz has the abdomen yellow instead of red; subfusca Schultz female is distinguished by everything which is black in true monacha being yellowish brown, and the abdomen being also yellowish brown instead of red; in obsoleta Schultz the dark transverse bands in the median area of the forewing are absent, while they remain in the basal and outer-marginal areas. All these names were given to European specimens. 
The egg is oval, light brown or light red. The larvae hibernate when young, remain together in batches and are fullgrown in June. They are then whitish grey to blackish, with grey hairs, red and blue warts, and a dark longitudinal dorsal line which is interrupted or broadened into spots in places. Pupa golden glossy red-brown or dark brown, with reddish hairs dorsally and rather long anal point.
^Seitz, A. Ed. Die Großschmetterlinge der Erde, Verlag Alfred Kernen, Stuttgart Band 2: Abt. 1, Die Großschmetterlinge des palaearktischen Faunengebietes, Die palaearktischen Spinner und Schwärmer, 1912- 1913