Northern armyworm Mythimna separata, copyright Shipher Wu.

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 Xyleninae but these subgroups are not reciprocally monophyletic (Lafontaine & Schmidt 2013). Many noctuines are significant agricultural pests.

Members include the Glottulini, a small group of colourful moths found in the Malesian region whose larvae feed on bulbs of Amaryllidaceae. The Leucaniini are distinguished by possession of a heavily sclerotised, laterally compressed and blade-like ovipositor, and have fine longitudinal streaking on the fore wings (Fibiger & Lafontaine 2005).

Noctuinae [Agrotinae, Hadeninae, Xylenidae, Xyleninae]LS13
| `--Glottulini [Glottulidae, Glottulinae]ZK11
| |--Chasmina cygnusWM66
| |--Diaphone capillamentumZK11
| |--Glottula Guenée 1837FL05
| `--Xanthopastis Hübner 1821 [Xanthopastinae]FL05
| `--XyleniniZK11
`--+--Actinotiini [Actinotiina]ZK11
| |--ChloanthaFL05
| |--Nedra ramulosaFL05, T69
| |--AlastriaFL05
| `--Actinotia Hübner 1821FL05
| `--A. polyodon (Clerck 1759)JP05
| `--AgrotiniKP19
`--Leucaniini [Leucanidi, Mythimnini]FL05
`--Mythimna Ochsenheimer 1816KP19, FL05
|--M. conigeraG84
|--M. convectaNC91
|--M. impura [=Leucania impura]V09
|--M. (Hypopteridia) reversaFL05
|--M. separataG84
|--M. sequax [=Pseudaletia sequax]PP72
`--M. turcaG84

Noctuinae incertae sedis:
| i. s.: ‘Panagra’ extentataM90
| ‘Panagra’ inostentataM90
|--Anaplectoides McDunnough 1929 [Anaplectoidina]FL05
|--Archanarta Barnes & Benjamin 1929 [Archanartina]FL05
|--Cerastis Ochsenheimer 1816 [Cerastina]FL05
|--Chersotis Boisduval 1840 [Chersotina]FL05
|--Coenophila Stephens 1850 [Coenophilina]FL05
|--Diarsia Hübner 1821 [Diarsiina]FL05
|--Eugnorisma Boursin 1946 [Eugnorismina]FL05
|--Eugraphe Hübner 1821 [Eugraphina]FL05
|--Netrocerocora Bartel 1902 [Netrocerocorina]FL05
|--Opigena Boisduval 1840 [Opigenina]FL05
|--Standfussiana Boursin 1946 [Standfussianina]FL05
|--Eurois Hübner 1821 [Euroina]FL05
| `--E. occultaT69
|--Naenia Stephens 1827FL05
| `--N. typicaF92
|--Rhyacia Hübner 1821 [Rhyaciina]FL05
| `--R. lucipeta (Denis & Schiffermüller 1775)JP05
|--Xestia Hübner 1818 [Xestiina]FL05
| `--X. c-nigrumV09
`--Lycophotia Hübner 1821 [Lycophotiina]FL05
|--L. ecvinaceaFL05
`--L. oceanicaPP72
Homoptera [Homopteridae]H01
|--H. infligensWM66
`--H. lunataH01
Teratocera ericataH01
Parachabora triangulifera Hampson 1901H01
Lussa nigroguttata Grote 1883 [incl. Stictoptera tumidicosta Hmpsn. 1898]H01
Atethmia subustaH01
Metopiora sanguinata (Lucas 1892)M99
Dasygaster padockinaNC91
|--T. plagiataNC91
`--T. tabwemasana Holloway 1979Z21
|--P. atristrigaM83
|--P. aversaM83
|--P. ewingiiNC91
`--P. steropastisL27
|--P. adultera [=Cirphis adultera]S72
|--P. convectaC70
|--P. separataH74
`--P. unipunctataVD-VW14
Pseudeustrotiini [Pseudeustrotiinae]LS13
|--P. candidulaFL05
`--P. carneolaFL05
|--Apsaphida eremnaFL05
|--Paratrachia viridescensFL05
`--Phosphila Hübner 1818FL05
`--P. turbulentaS96
Elaphriini [Elaphriinae]LS13
|--Galgula Guenée 1852 [Galgulina]FL05
`--Elaphria Hübner 1818FL05
|--E. dubiosa [=Rivula dubiosa]PP72
`--E. venustula (Hübner 1790)JP05
|--Balsa Walker 1860FL05
`--Nolaphana Grote 1873 [Nolaphaninae]FL05
Cosmiini [Cosmidae]FL05
|--Cosmia Ochsenheimer 1816FL05
| `--C. epipaschiaFL05
`--Ipimorpha Hübner 1821 [Ipimorphini]FL05
|--I. pleonectusaT69
`--I. subtusa (Denis & Schiffermüller 1775)JP05
|--Cleoceris Boisduval 1836 [Cleocerini]FL05
`--Episema Ochsenheimer 1816 [Episemides]FL05
|--E. hispida [incl. Noctua hirta]L49
`--E. orana Lucas 1849E12
Tholerini [Tholerina]FL05
|--Cerapteryx graminisFL05, RD77
`--Tholera Hübner 1821FL05
`--T. polygonalisF92
|--A. lubricansFL05
`--A. sullivaniFL05

*Type species of generic name indicated


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