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Tribe Xylenini

Gray Swordgrass - Xylena cineritia  Bicolored Sallow - Sunira bicolorago 9928 Lithophane thaxteri   - Lithophane thaxteri Roadside Sallow - Metaxaglaea viatica Morrison's Sallow - Eupsilia morrisoni Nameless Pinion - Lithophane innominata Platypolia contadina Pinion-- Wanton or Hemina--Lithophane petulca or hemina - Lithophane
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths and kin)
Family Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Subfamily Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Tribe Xylenini
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
several genera listed here were formerly placed in either subfamily Cuculliinae or subfamily Hadeninae
The most prominent characters of the tribe are:
1. very large digitus which is often partially or completely fused to the apical part of the valve in male genitalia
2. in the subtribe Antitypina, short ampulla on the clasper, usually not extending over the costal margin of the valve
[thanks to Jan Metlevski for passing along this information, found in the Print Reference listed below]
The tribe Xylenini was originally placed within the subfamily Cuculliinae by Ronald Hodges in 1983, then transferred to Hadeninae by Ronkay, Yela, and Hreblay in 2001 (see FUNET page), then apparently placed within the subfamily Xyleninae at some more recent date, according to All-Leps - which is the classification followed here.
The higher classification of the superfamily Noctuoidea is currently undergoing study and will no doubt change further in the near future.
Print References
Fibiger, M. and Lafontaine, D. 2005. A review of the higher classification of the Noctuoidea (Lepidoptera) with special reference to the Holarctic fauna. Esperiana, Vol. 11: 7-92.
Internet References
Xylenini of Eastern Canada pinned adult images (CBIF)