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 the name of a superfamily of moths. It contains the silk moths, emperor moths, sphinx moth, and relatives. The Lasiocampoidea are close relatives and sometimes merged in this group. Their larvae exhibit horns.[1]

References[edit]

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