Nolidae

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Nolidae
Pseudoips prasinana1.jpg
Green Silver-lines, Pseudoips prasinana
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Noctuoidea
Family: Nolidae
Hampson, 1894
Subfamilies

Afridinae
Nolinae
Chloephorinae
Westermanniinae
Eariadinae
Collomeninae
Bleninae
Risobinae
Eligminae
Diphtherinae

Nolidae is a family of moths with about 1,400 described species worldwide. They are mostly small with dull coloration, the main distinguishing feature being a silk cocoon with a vertical exit slit. The group is sometimes known as tuft moths after the tufts of raised scales on the forewings of two subfamilies, Nolinae and Collomeninae.[1] The larvae also tend to have muted colors and tufts of short hairs.

Formerly, this group was included in the Noctuidae.

Genera incertae sedis[edit]

The following nolid genera have not been assigned to a subfamily yet:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Zahiri, R., Lafontaine, J. D., Holloway, J. D., Kitching, I. J., Schmidt, B. C., Kaila, L. and Wahlberg, N. (2013). "Major lineages of Nolidae (Lepidoptera, Noctuoidea) elucidated by molecular phylogenetics". Cladistics. doi:10.1111/cla.12001. 
  • Chinery, Michael (1986): Collins Guide to the Insects of Britain and Western Europe (Reprinted 1991)
  • Skinner, Bernard (1984): Colour Identification Guide to Moths of the British Isles