The Drepanidae is a family of moths with about 660 species described worldwide. They are generally divided in three subfamilies (Minet and Scoble, 1999;) which share the same type of hearing organ. Thyatirinae, previously often placed in their own family, bear a superficial resemblance to Noctuidae. Many species in the Drepanid family have a distinctively hook-shaped apex to the forewing, leading to their common name of hook-tips.
The larvae of many species are very distinctive, tapering to a point at the tail and usually resting with both head and tail raised. They usually feed on the leaves of trees and shrubs, pupating between leaves spun together with silk.
- Subfamily Drepaninae
- Subfamily Thyatirinae
- Subfamily Cyclidiinae
- Unassigned to subfamily
15 species are resident in the UK:
- Scalloped Hook-tip (Falcaria lacertinaria)
- Oak Hook-tip (Drepana binaria)
- Barred Hook-tip (Watsonalla cultraria)
- Pebble Hook-tip (Drepana falcataria)
- Scarce Hook-tip (Sabra harpagula)
- Chinese Character (Cilix glaucata)
- Peach Blossom (Thyatira batis)
- Buff Arches (Habrosyne pyritoides)
- Figure of Eighty (Tethea ocularis)
- Poplar Lutestring (Tethea or)
- Satin Lutestring (Tetheella fluctuosa)
- Common Lutestring (Ochropacha duplaris)
- Oak Lutestring (Cymatophorina diluta)
- Yellow Horned (Achlya flavicornis)
- Frosted Green (Polyploca ridens)
Species from India:
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- Minet, J. & Scoble, M.J. (1999): The Drepanoid/Geometroid Assemblage. In: Kristensen, N.P. (ed.): Lepidoptera, Moths and Butterflies Volume 1: Evolution, Systematics, and Biogeography, chapter 17. Handbuch der Zoologie. Eine Naturgeschichte der Stämme des Tierreiches / Handbook of Zoology. A Natural History of the phyla of the Animal Kingdom. vol. IV: Arthropoda: Insecta. Part 35. Walter de Gruyter, Berlin & New York.
- Skinner, Bernard (1984): Colour Identification Guide to Moths of the British Isles
- van Nieukerken; et al. (2011). "Order Lepidoptera Linnaeus, 1758. In: Zhang, Z.-Q. (Ed.) Animal biodiversity: An outline of higher-level classification and survey of taxonomic richness" (PDF). Zootaxa. 3148: 212–221.
- Holloway J.D. (2011). "The Moths of Borneo: Families Phaudidae, Himantopteridae and Zygaenidae; revised and annotated checklist". Malayan Nature Journal. 63: 1–548.
- CSIRO Images
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