I recently reworked the Tortricidae section of the Lepidoptera
page guide to superfamilies, and I thought it might be useful to create similar guides for some families and superfamilies. Such a guide would be more useful for some groups than for others, so I would add them to only some pages. For example, while there are relatively few tortricid subfamilies and tribes, there are numerous noctuid subfamilies and tribes, many of which have many extremely similar looking species. I already arranged the tortricid section of the order page guide by tribe, according to the phylogenetic numbering system, with two images for most tribes (though only one each for Hilarographini and Microcorsini). However, I figure an alphabetic order would make more sense for guides on family and superfamily pages, especially given that the taxonomy on BugGuide is generally ordered that way. (The Lepidoptera guide is ordered this way as well.)
While such guides obviously would be of limited value for more experienced contributors, they could be helpful for directing people less familiar with identification. I would include a disclaimer about their use at the top of each, similar to the disclaimer on the Lepidoptera page. I believe the only such guide in the moth section of the guide, excluding that on the Lepidoptera page, is the one for Eucosma
. I seem to recall that both were created by Kyhl, but maybe I’m mistaken.
Let me know what you think of this idea and, if you like it, on which guide pages you think it would be most useful and what formatting would be best. Any input would be greatly appreciated; I want to establish some sort of consensus before forging ahead.
Below is a hyperlinked list of pages to which I've added visual guides: