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.
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.
Xylenini of Eastern Canada
pinned adult images (CBIF)