Bombycoidea

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Bombycoidea
Acherontia atropos MHNT.jpg
Death's-head Hawkmoth, Acherontia atropos
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
(unranked): Macrolepidoptera
Superfamily: Bombycoidea
Families

Apatelodidae
Bombycidae
Brahmaeidae
Carthaeidae
Endromidae (syn: Mirinidae)
Eupterotidae
Lemoniidae
Phiditiidae
Saturniidae
Sphingidae

Diversity
Over 3,500 species
Synonyms

Sphingoidea

Bombycoidea is a superfamily of moths. It contains the silk moths, emperor moths, sphinx moths and relatives. The Lasiocampoidea are close relatives and sometimes merged in the present group. Their larvae exhibit horns.

Sources[edit]

  • Firefly Encyclopedia of Insects and Spiders, edited by Christopher O'Toole, ISBN 1-55297-612-2, 2002