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Idaea macilentaria MHNT.jpg
Idaea macilentaria
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
(unranked): Macrolepidoptera
Superfamily: Geometroidea
Family: Geometridae
Subfamily: Sterrhinae
Meyrick, 1892

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Sterrhinae is a large subfamily of geometer moths (family Geometridae) with some 2,800 described species.


Sterrhinae is in fact a junior synonym of Idaeidae (Butler, 1881). Seeing this name is hardly used in literature and Sterrhinae is widely used, this name is preferred. The Tribe Lythriini with the genus Lythria (Hübner, 1823) and the species Lythria cruentaria (Hufnagel, 1767) was transferred from Larentiinae in 2008.[1]

The subfamily is divided into eight tribes:

Furthermore, a number of genera are unplaced to a tribe, these are:

Former genera[edit]

Former genera include:


  1. ^ Erki Õunap, Jaan Viidalepp & Urmas Saarma: Systematic position of Lythriini revised: transferred from Larentiinae to Sterrhinae (Lepidoptera, Geometridae). Zoologica Scripta, 37(4): 405-413, Oxford 2008 doi:10.1111/j.1463-6409.2008.00327.x
  2. ^ Tribe Scopulini recognised after revision Pasi Sihvonen (2005) at the moment only seven genera


  • Günter Ebert (Hrsg.): Die Schmetterlinge Baden-Württembergs Band 8, Nachtfalter VI (Spanner (Geometridae) 1. Teil), Ulmer Verlag Stuttgart 2001. ISBN 3-8001-3497-7
  • Walter Forster & Theodor Wohlfahrt: Die Schmetterlinge Mitteleuropas Band V Spanner (Geometridae). 312 S., Frankh´sche Verlagshandlung Stuttgart 1973.
  • M. J. Scoble: Geometrid moths of the world, a catalogue. CSIRO, Collingwood & Apollo Books, Stenstrup 1999, ISBN 87-88757-29-3
  • Axel Hausmann: The Geometrid moths of Europe, 2. Sterrhinae. Apollo Books, Stenstrup 2004, ISBN 87-88757-37-4
  • D. Abraham, N. Ryrholm, H. Wittzell, J. D. Holloway, M. J. Scoble, C. Lofstedt: Molecular phylogeny of the subfamilies in Geometridae (Geometroidea: Lepidoptera). Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 20(1): 65-77 (2001)
  • Sihvonen, Pasi (April 1, 2005). "Phylogeny and classification of the Scopulini moths (Lepidoptera: Geometridae, Sterrhinae)". Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. 143 (4): 473–530. doi:10.1111/j.1096-3642.2005.00153.xFreely accessible. 

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