EREBIDAE of Australia
Underwings, Litter Moths, Piercing Moths Snout Moths
NOCTUOIDEA
 

 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

EREBIDAE

eggs
EREBIDAE

caterpillars
EREBIDAE

pupae
EREBIDAE

moths
EREBIDAE

undersides

There are approximately 500 named Australian species in EREBIDAE.
Here our species webpages are listed in 8 subfamilies of EREBIDAE :-

ACONTIINAE

170 species
AGANAINAE

9 species
CALPINAE

~175 species
CATOCALINAE

~176 species
HERMINIINAE

26 species
HYPENINAE

115 species
HYPENODINAE

4 species
RIVULINAE

7 species

The EREBIDAE include many pests of tropical crop plants. Some species of this family are semi-loopers. They lack ventral prolegs and loop their bodies when moving. In this way they resemble the caterpillars of the family GEOMETRIDAE.

The caterpillars of EREBIDAE are usually smooth, lacking obvious hairs. Their bodies are often green, brown or yellow.

Most species of EREBIDAE typically pupate in a sparse cocoon under a leaf of their foodplant or between dead leaves in ground debris.

Note that although the Checklist of Australian Lepidoptera included the subfamilies here in NOCTUIDAE or as separate families in NOCTUOIDEA, following the more recent paper Molecular phylogenetics of Erebidae (Lepidoptera, Noctuoidea) here we list them in EREBIDAE.

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(written 4 March 2018)