Belongs within: Noctuoidea.Contains: Comarchis, Sorocostia, Hypeninae, Lymantriinae, Calpinae, Panopodini, Erebinae, Toxocampinae, Scolecocampinae, Boletobiinae, Herminiinae, Hypsa, Lithosiini, Arctiini, Syntomini. The Erebidae, as recognised by Zahiri et al. (2011), are a diverse clade of noctuoid moths united by molecular phylogenetic analysis. Members of this clade have historically been divided between a number of families with many being… Continue reading Erebidae


Belongs within: Macroheterocera.Contains: Euteliidae, Noctuidae, Erebidae, Nolinae, Chloephorinae, Pygaerinae, Thaumetopoeinae, Heterocampinae, Notodontinae. The Noctuoidea are a diverse group of moths characterised by the presence of metathoracic tympanal organs, usually with a large counter-tympanal cavity with a projecting hood at the base of the abdomen. The tympanum is directed ventrally in members of the Notodontidae and… Continue reading Noctuoidea


Belongs within: Erebidae. The Lymantriidae, the tussock moths, are a group of moths whose larvae often feed on trees; the name ‘tussock moth’ refers not to their feeding habits but to the ‘tussocks’ or dense tufts of urticating setae possessed by caterpillars of many species. The adults usually lack a proboscis and do not feed.… Continue reading Lymantriinae


Belongs within: Noctuidae.Contains: Axyliina, Noctua, Hadenini, Dypterygiini, Phlogophorini, Orthosiini, Eriopygini, Caradrinini, Apameini, Xylenini, Spodoptera, Sesamiina, Agrotini, Leucania. The Noctuinae, cutworms, are a clade of moths in which males have the clasper located in the middle of the valve, and larvae have a dorsally-grooved spinneret. Many authors have divided it between the subfamilies Noctuinae, Hadeninae and… Continue reading Noctuinae


Belongs within: Erebidae.Contains: Melipotini, Ophiusini, Poaphilini, Catocalini, Euclidiini. The Erebinae are a clade of noctuoid moths identified by molecular data, members of which have a smooth apex on the proboscis with all the styloconic sensilla placed dorsally. Females have the seventh sternite reduced and divided into two lobes with with ostium bursae situated in the… Continue reading Erebinae


Belongs within: Noctuidae. The Plusiinae are a cosmopolitan group of moths commonly bearing a pale, often metallic, marking at the centre of the fore wings. The tobacco looper Chrysodeixis argentifera is a pest on various commercial plant species across the South Pacific (Nielsen & Common 1991). Characters (from Nielsen & Common 1991): Dorsal thoracic crest… Continue reading Plusiinae


Belongs within: Noctuidae. The Agaristinae are a group of diurnal, usually brightly coloured moths. Members of the Australian genus Hecatesia produce an audible whistling noise as they fly (Nielsen & Common 1991). Larvae of Phalaenoides glycinae are a pest on grape vines (Nielsen & Common 1991). Characters (from Nielsen & Common 1991): Antennae usually thickened… Continue reading Agaristinae


Belongs within: Noctuoidea. The Nolinae are a group of relatively small moths bearing scale-tufts on the wings, and with vein Sc+R1 in the hind wing fusing with Rs from its base to near the middle of the wing (Richards & Davies 1977). <==Nolinae [Nolites] |–Celama parvitis [=Adeixis parvitis]P27 |–Meganola albula (Denis & Schiffermüller 1775)JP05 |–Aquita… Continue reading Nolinae


Belongs within: Arctiini. Hydrusa is an Indo-Australian genus of moths with dark or boldly patterned wings. Characters (from Meyrick 1886): Tongue well-developed. Antennae in male bidentate, dentations shortly ciliated. Palpi short, porrected, loosely scaled. Spurs very short. Fore wings with vein 2 from about two-thirds, 4 and 5 approximated at base or from a point,… Continue reading Hydrusa

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Belongs within: Erebidae. Sorocostia is a genus of small, inconspicuous moths bearing strong tufts of setae on the fore wings near the costa (Meyrick 1886). Characters (from Meyrick 1886): Face with projecting scales; tongue well-developed. Antennae in male filiform, rather strongly ciliated (1.5–2), basal joint somewhat tufted. Palpi from moderate to very long, straight, porrected,… Continue reading Sorocostia

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