- For the Catocalinae as a subfamily of Erebidae, see Catocalini.
The Catocalinae are a subfamily of noctuoid moths, placed in family Noctuidae. In the alternative arrangement, where the Noctuidae are reduced to the core group around the Noctuinae, the present lineage is abolished, the upranked Catocalini being merged with the Erebini and becoming a subfamily of the reestablished family Erebidae.
Many of the species are large (7 to 10 cm, 2.8 to 3.9 in) compared to other noctuids in temperate zones, and have brightly colored backwings.
The Catocalinae genera are usually assigned to the tribes Tytini, Armadini and Erebini, which have a fairly small number of genera, and the much larger Catocalini. The Poaphilini are another proposed tribe around the genus Argyrostrotis (= Poaphila), but is here considered to be paraphyletic. In addition, a high proportion of genera is not at present assigned to a specific tribe as their relationships require further study. These genera incertae sedis are:
In addition, some little-known noctuoid moth species which somewhat differ from the bulk of their supposed genera might actually belong here:
- Crypsiprora oxymetopa Turner, 1941
- Hypoprora tortuosa Turner, 1929
- Prorocopis acroleuca Turner, 1929
- Raparna trigramma Turner, 1906
- Sophta aeluropis Meyrick, 1902
- FE (2011), and see references in Sacvela (2011)
- See references in Savela (2011)
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- Fauna Europaea (FE) (2011): Erebinae. Version 2.4, 2011-JAN-27. Retrieved 2011-DEC-27.
- Savela, Markku (2011): Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and some other life forms: Catocalinae. Version of 2011-OCT-29. Retrieved 2011-DEC-27.