Shaded fan-foot Herminia tarsicrinalis, copyright Donald Hobern.

Belongs within: Erebidae.

The Herminiinae are a group of generally cryptic noctuoid moths that feed on vegetable detritus (Zahiri et al. 2011).

Characters (from Fibiger & Lafontaine 2005): Adults with deciduous scales on lower part of frons; fore wings with vein M2 arising about two-thirds down cell, as thick as M3; fore legs modified with segments unusually long or short, eversible tufts of setae on various segments; apex of fore tibia often enlarged and forming hood over reduced tarsal segments and associated brushs of scales; tympanal hood on first abdominal segment prespiracular. Larvae with four prolegs present, occasionally reduced.

<==Herminiinae [Herminida, Herminiidae]ZK11
    |  i. s.: Progonia patronalisNC91
    |         Hydrillodes funeralisNC91
    |         Palthis dugulalisFL05, P27
    |         ChytolitaFL05
    |         ZanclognathaFL05
    |           |--Z. lunalis (Scopli 1763)JP05
    |           `--Z. tarsipennalis Treitschke 1835JP05
    |--Paracolax tristalis (Fabricius 1775)ZK11, JP05
       |  |    |--S. circumscriptaNC91
       |  |    `--S. pachyceraZK11
       |  `--Polypogon Schrank 1802ZK11, FL05 [Polypogoninae]
       |       |--P. strigilatusZK11
       |       `--P. tentacularia (Linnaeus 1758)JP05
       `--Herminia Latreille 1802ZK11, L02
            |--H. aspergillus (Bosc 1800)L02, B00 [=Crambus adspergillusB00]
            |--H. barbalisG20
            |--H. ericata [=Phalaena ericata]L02
            |--H. grisealis (Denis & Schiffermüller 1775)JP05
            |--H. rostrata [=Crambus rostratus]L02
            |--H. tarsicrinalis (Knoch 1775)JP05
            `--H. ventilabris [=Crambus ventilabris]L02

*Type species of generic name indicated


[B00] Bosc, C. 1800. Description de trois espèces de lepidoptères de la Caroline. Bulletin des Sciences, par la Societé Philomathique de Paris 2 (39): 114–115.

[FL05] Fibiger, M., & J. D. Lafontaine. 2005. A review of the higher classification of the Noctuoidea (Lepidoptera) with special reference to the Holarctic fauna. Esperiana 11: 7–92.

[G20] Goldfuss, G. A. 1820. Handbuch der Naturgeschichte vol. 3. Handbuch der Zoologie pt 1. Johann Leonhard Schrag: Nürnberg.

[JP05] Jungmann, E., & U. Poller. 2005. Neunachweise und Wiederfunde für die Schmetterlingsfauna (Insecta; Lepidoptera) des Altenburger Landes. Mauritiana 19 (2): 317–326.

[L02] Latreille, P. A. 1802. Histoire Naturelle, générale et particulière des crustacés et des insectes vol. 3. Familles naturelles des genres. F. Dufart: Paris.

[NC91] Nielsen, E. S., & I. F. B. Common. 1991. Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies). In: CSIRO. The Insects of Australia: A textbook for students and research workers 2nd ed. vol. 2 pp. 817–915. Melbourne University Press: Carlton (Victoria).

[P27] Philpott, A. 1927. The maxillae in the Lepidoptera. Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute 57: 721–746.

[ZK11] Zahiri, R., I. J. Kitching, J. D. Lafontaine, M. Mutanen, L. Kaila, J. D. Holloway & N. Wahlberg. 2011. A new molecular phylogeny offers hope for a stable family level classification of the Noctuoidea (Lepidoptera). Zoologica Scripta 40 (2): 158–173.

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