Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Family Erebidae

Tussock? - Orgyia antiqua Bristly caterpillar - Lophocampa argentata Spilosoma virginica Yellow Bear moth? - Spilosoma virginica tiger moth caterpillar on ragwort Vermont caterpillar - Orgyia leucostigma Estigmene acrea  - Estigmene acrea caterpillar - Hyphantria cunea
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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)
Family Erebidae
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Erebidae, Leach 1815
* formerly part of Noctuidae; includes the former noctuid subfamilies Calpinae, Catocalinae, Euteliinae, Herminiinae, Hypeninae, among others.
Explanation of Names
Erebidae from the type genus Erebus (Latreille), Greek meaning "from the darkness." (1), (2)
Numbers
956 species in our area according to Pohl et al. (3)
Remarks
A monophyletic family. One of five North American families in the superfamily Noctuoidea.
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.An accentuated list of the British Lepidoptera, with hints on the derivation of the names.
Anonymous. 1858. The Entomological Societies of Oxford and Cambridge.
3.Annotated taxonomic checklist of the Lepidoptera of North America, North of Mexico
Pohl, G.R., Patterson, B., & Pelham, J.P. 2016. ResearchGate.net.