Noctuinae

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Noctuinae
Agrotis.exclamationis.7204.jpg
Heart and Dart (Agrotis exclamationis) imago
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
(unranked): Macrolepidoptera
Family: Noctuidae
Subfamily: Noctuinae
Tribes

Actinotiini
Agrotini
Arzamini
Dypterygiini
Glottulini
Leucaniini
Noctuini
Phlogophorini
Phosphilini
Prodeniini
Pseudeustrotiini
Tholerini
Xestiini (disputed)

Noctuinae is a subfamily of the family Noctuidae. The larvae of many species feed on roots or stems of various grasses. Some are generalist feeders which makes them potential pests.

Noctuid systematics is in a state of flux; the list of tribes is provisional and other groups now considered more distinct (e.g. Hadeninae) were formerly included here. Likewise, the validity of the tribe Xestiini is doubtful for example.

Genera[edit]

This subfamily provisionally contains the following genera:

Garden Dart (Euxoa nigricans) imago
Double Square-spot (Xestia triangulum) caterpillar