The adult moths of this family have most characteristics in common with other subfamilies of NOCTUIDAE, and so their family is difficult to identify. The caterpillars are however are clearly different, as those in ACRONICTINAE have no secondary setae on the head.
Some of the species here have also been classified as belonging to the subfamily OPHIDERINAE, and others to XYLENINAE, but here we include these in ACRONICTINAE.
Some common Australian species of ACRONICTINAE are:
Frequently Asked Questions about Caterpillars
(updated 4 October 2012)