Underwings, Litter Moths, Fruit-Piercing Moths, Snout Moths
There are approximately 1,340 named Australian species in EREBIDAE.
Here: our species webpages are listed for convenience in their various subfamilies and a tribe of EREBIDAE :-
The caterpillars of most of the subfamilies in EREBIDAE are smooth, lacking obvious hairs. Their bodies are often green, brown or yellow. Two subfamilies have very hairy caterpillars, and these have the full set of prolegs.
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.
(written 3 June 2023, updated 9 October 2023)