Superfamily Bombycoidea (Silkworm, Sphinx, and Royal Moths)
Family Sphingidae (Sphinx Moths)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Smerinthinae Grote & Robinson, 1865
Explanation of Names
Smerinthinae from the type genus Smerinthus (Latreille), apparently from the Greek "merinthos" (μήρινθος) meaning "cord, rope." (PDF, see pg. 26).
All North American genera in this subfamily belong to the tribe Smerinthini. 16 species in 6 genera in North America.
Contributed by Robin McLeod on 1 March, 2006 - 2:50am Additional contributions by Randy Hardy Last updated 27 July, 2014 - 12:00pm
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