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Superfamily Noctuoidea - Owlet Moths and kin

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths and kin)
Pronunciation
nawk-too-OID-ee-ah
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
The families Erebidae and Nolidae contain many taxa formerly placed in Noctuidae. The family Doidae contains two North American species formerly placed in Arctiidae.
One North American species, Phryganidia californica, formerly placed in a separate family (Dioptidae) is now included in the subfamily Dioptinae within Notodontidae.
Numbers
Includes six North American families, according to Lafontaine & Schmidt (1)
Remarks
The higher classification of the superfamily Noctuoidea is presently under study, and further changes are inevitable. BugGuide currently follows the classification in the 2010 Lafontaine & Schmidt paper (see Internet References, below).
Print References
Kitching, I.J., and J.E. Rawlins. 1999. (The Noctuoidea, pp. 355-401 in Kristensen N.P. (editor). Lepidoptera: Moths and butterflies. Volume 1: Evolution, systematics and biogeography. Handbook of Zoology/Handbuch der Zoologie. Walter de Gruyter. Berlin/New York).
Works Cited
1.Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico.
Donald J. Lafontaine, B. Christian Schmidt. 2010. ZooKeys 40: 1–239 .