Heterocampa latex, copyright NHMO.

Belongs within: Macroheterocera.
Contains: Euteliidae, Noctuidae, Erebidae, Nolinae, Chloephorinae, Pygaerinae, Thaumetopoeinae, Notodontinae.

The Noctuoidea are a diverse group of moths characterised by the presence of metathoracic tympanal organs, usually with a large counter-tympanal cavity with a projecting hood at the base of the abdomen. The tympanum is directed ventrally in members of the Notodontidae and Oenosandridae but obliquely posteriorly in other families (Nielsen & Common 1991). The classification of the Noctuoidea has historically been chaotic but six well-supported clades were regarded as warranting family status by Zahiri et al. (2011). The basal families Notodontidae and Oenosandridae retain a trifid forewing venation in contrast to the derived quadrifid venation of Euteliidae, Noctuidae, Erebidae and Nolidae.

Characters (from Nielsen & Common 1991): Small to large; ocelli present or absent; chaetosemata absent; proboscis often strong, sometimes reduced or absent; maxillary palps very small, l–4-segmented or absent; fore wing without CuP; hind wing with frenulum, CuP absent, 1A+2A sometimes forming anal fork; metathorax with tympanal organs, rarely reduced or lost, tympanum directed ventrally or obliquely posteriorly; abdomen with basal counter-tympanal cavities, usually with prominent hood, with abdominal spiracle 1 either on anterior face (hood postspiracular) or at posteroventral angle (hood pre-spiracular). Eggs of upright type. Larva sometimes with dense secondary setae, crochets uniordinal, rarely biordinal, in a mesoseries.

<==Noctuoidea [Noctuae, Noctuites, Notodontoidea] GE05
    |--+--Oenosandridae ZK11
    |  |    |--Oenosandra boisduvali NC91
    |  |    `--Discophlebia catocalina ZK11, NC91
    |  `--+--+--Euteliidae ZK11
    |     |  `--Noctuidae ZK11
    |     `--+--Erebidae ZK11
    |        `--Nolidae ZK11
    |             |--Nolinae ZK11
    |             `--+--Chloephorinae ZK11
    |                `--+--Negeta [Westermanniinae] ZK11
    |                   |    `--N. sigmata ZK11
    |                   `--+--Selepa molybdea ZK11
    |                      `--Eligma [Eligminae] ZK11
    |                           `--E. narcissus ZK11
    `--Notodontidae ZK11
         |  i. s.: Gallaba M03
         |         Schizura GE05
         |         Scea auriflamma GE05
         |         Lyces striata GE05
         |         Ptilodon [incl. Lophopterix] RD77
         |           |--P. capucina G84
         |           `--P. cucullina (Denis & Schiffermüller 1775) JP05
         |         Gangarides Moore 1866 [incl. Thermojana Yang in Yang & Chen 1995] NO08
         |           `--*Thermojana’ sinica Yang in Yang & Chen 1995 NO08
         |         Josia GE05
         |           |--J. gigantea GE05
         |           `--J. tessmani GE05
         |         Lephopteryx camelina P01
         |         Destolmia NC91
         |         Sorama NC91
         |         Antimima cryptica N91
         |         Cerurites wagneri RJ93
         |         Symmerista S96
         |           |--S. albifrons S96
         |           `--S. fulgens Druce 1901 D01a
         |         Edema audax Druce 1901 D01a
         |         Rosema dolorosa Druce 1901 D01a
         |         Ichthyura rubida Druce 1901 D01a
         |         Blera peruda Druce 1901 D01a
         |         Cleapa psecas Druce 1901 D01a
         |         Rifargia nubila Druce 1901 D01b
         |         Macrurocampa marthesia S96
         |         Dicranura RD77
         |           |--D. erminea D37
         |           `--D. vinula RD77
         |--+--Pygaerinae ZK11
         |  `--Dudusinae ZK11
         |       |--Dudusa sphingiformis P01
         |       `--Crinodes besckei ZK11
         `--+--+--Thaumetopoeinae ZK11
            |  `--Phalera [Phalerinae] ZK11
            |       |--P. bucephala (Linnaeus 1758) L-SSY04
            |       `--P. bucephaloides Ochsenheimer 1808 B08
            `--+--Heterocampinae ZK11
               |    |--Stauropus fagi ZK11
               |    `--Heterocampa D01a
               |         |--H. amata Druce 1901 D01a
               |         |--H. antonia Druce 1901 D01a
               |         |--H. bichorda Hampson 1901 H01
               |         |--H. corda Druce 1901 D01b
               |         |--H. exyra Druce 1901 D01a
               |         `--H. latex Druce 1901 D01a
               `--+--Notodontinae ZK11
                  `--+--Nystaleinae ZK11
                     |    |--Nystalea striata ZK11
                     |    `--Notoplusia minuta KP19
                     `--Dioptinae [Dioptidae] ZK11
                          |--Scotura leucophleps ZK11
                          |--Dioptis ZK11
                          `--Phryganidia RD77

Noctuoidea incertae sedis:
  Thyretidae DS73
  Anthophila [Anthophilidae] WM66
    |--A. numida Lucas 1849 E12
    `--A. roseifascia WM66
  Strepsimaninae [Strepsimanidae] ZK11
  Cocytiinae ZK11
  Eucocytiinae ZK11
  Kenguichardia ZK11
  Plagerepne ZK11
  Clytophylla ZK11
  Crebus odorus G20

*Type species of generic name indicated


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[L-SSY04] López-Sebastián, E., J. Selfa & J. Ylla. 2004. Primeros datos del parasitismo de Ooencyrtus pityocampae (Mercet, 1921) sobre Graellsia isabelae (Graells, 1849) en condiciones de laboratorio. Graellsia 60 (1): 121–123.

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[WM66] Wallace, A. R., & F. Moore. 1866. List of lepidopterous insects collected at Takow, Formosa, by Mr. R. Swinhoe. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1866: 355–365.

[ZK11] Zahiri, R., I. J. Kitching, J. D. Lafontaine, M. Mutanen, L. Kaila, J. D. Holloway & N. Wahlberg. 2011. A new molecular phylogeny offers hope for a stable family level classification of the Noctuoidea (Lepidoptera). Zoologica Scripta 40 (2): 158–173.

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