( sometimes known as ACRONYCTINAE )
NOCTUIDAE , NOCTUOIDEA
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 different, as those in ACRONICTINAE have no secondary setae on the head. Sadly the caterpillars of many of these species have not been described well enough to discern this, so that more superficial characters have been used to classify them.
Some of the species here have been classified by different authors into more than one subfamily, so their inclusion here is controvesial.
The 32 named Australian species included here in ACRONICTINAE are:
Aedia leucomelas : Sweet Potato Leaf Worm
Cosmodes elegans : Green Blotched Moth
(updated 4 December 2014, 15 January 2017)