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Overview of the Higher Taxa

A tree of the families, subfamilies, tribes and genera

figuring in this Guide

Heterocera moths

Alucitidae many-plumed moths

Genus Alucita

Arctiidae tiger moths, smoky moths, wasp moths

Genera Arctia, Callimorpha, Melese, Setina

Bombycidae silkworm moths

Genus Bombyx

Cossidae carpenterworm moths

Genera Cossus, Dyspessa

Geometridae geometer moths, inchworm moths, looper moths

Ennominae

Genera Abraxas, Angerona, Bichroma, Biston, Chemerina, Lycia, Metarranthis, Neognopharmia, Rhoptria

Geometrinae

Genus Geometra

Larentiinae

Genera Chesias, Colostygia, Eupithecia ( pug moths), Gymnoscelis, Larentia, Chloroclystis

Hepialidae ghost moths

Genus Hepialus

Lasiocampidae lappet moths

Lasiocampinae

Genus Lasiocampa

Gastropachinae

Genus Phyllodesma

Lymantriidae tussock moths

Genera Lymantria, Orgyia

Noctuidae owlet moths, deltoid moths

Acontiinae

Genus Acontia

Acronictinae

Genera Craniophora, Spudaea

Catocalinae underwing moths

Genera Catocala, Drasteria, Euclidia, Thysania

Cuculliinae

Genus Shargacucullia

Hypeninae

Genus Hypena

Noctuinae

Genera Anarta, Discestra, Mamestra, Staurophora

Plusiinae

Genera Autographa, Plusia, Polychrysia

Notodontidae prominent moths

Genera Cerura, Dicranura, Odontosia, Stauropus, Thaumetopoea

Prodoxidae yucca moths

Genus Tegeticula

Psychidae bagworm moths

Genera Epichnopteryx, Ptilocephala

Pyralidae snout moths

Genera Elophila, Eurythmia, Galleria, Pyralis

Saturniidae emperor moths, giant silkworm moths

Genera Actias, Aglia, Antheraea, Attacus, Automeris, Graellsia, Saturnia

Sesiidae clearwing moths

Genera Sesia, Synanthedon

Sphingidae hawk moths, sphinx moths

Macroglossinae

Genera Aellopos, Daphnis, Deilephila, Hemaris, Hyles, Macroglossum, Spingonaepiopsis

Sphinginae

Genera Acherontia, Agrius, Laohoe, Mimas, Smerinthus, Sphinx

Tineidae fungus moths, clothes moths

Genus Tineola

Tortricidae leafroller moths, tortricid moths

Genus Cacoecimorpha

Uraniidae swallowtail moths

Genera Alcides, Chrysiridia, Urania

Zygaenidae burnet moths

Zygaeninae burnets

Genus Zygaena 


Rhopalocera butterflies and skippers

Hesperiidae skippers

Hesperiinae true skippers

Genera Adopaeoides, Amblyscirtes, Ancyloxypha, Carterocephalus, Gegenes, Hesperia, Heteropterus, Ochlodes, Poanes, Polites, Thymelicus, Wallengrenia

Pyrginae pyrgine skippers

Genera Capila, Carcharodus, Epargyreus, Erynnis, Heliopetes, Pyrgus, Reverdinus, Scelotrix, Spialia, Syrichtus, Thorybes, Urbanus

Megathyminae giant skippers, yucca skippers

Genus Megathymus

Lycaenidae lycaenids (US gossamer wings)

Lycaeninae coppers

Genera Chalceria, Epidemia, Heodes, Hyllolycaena, Lycaena, Palaeochrysophanus, Thersamolycaena, Thersamonia

Melitinae

Genus Feniseca

Polyommatinae blues

Polyommatini

Brephidium Section: Genus Brephidium

Catochrysops Section: Genus Catochrysops

Euchrysops Section: Genus Euchrysop

Everes Section: Genera Cupido, Everes, Talicada

Glaucopsyche Section: Genera Euphilotes, Glaucopsyche, Iolana,  Maculinea, Philotes, Pseudophilotes,  Scolitantides

Itylos Section: Genera Hemiargus, Itylos

Lampides Section: Genus Lampides

Leptotes Section: Genus Leptotes

Lycaenopsis Section: Genus Celastrina

Nabokovia Section: Genera Echinargus, Nabokovia

Polyommatus Section: Genera Agriades, Albulina, Aricia, Chilades, Madeleinea, Paralycaeides, Plebejus, Pseudolucia, Polyommatus

Pseudochrysops Section: Genera Cyclargus, Eldoradina, Pseudochrysops

Zizeeria Section: Genus Zizeeria

Zizula Section: Genus Zizula

Riodininae metalmarks

Genera Apodemia, Emesis, Hamearis, Nymphidium, Pachythone

Theclinae haistreaks

Genera Callophrys, Erora, Esakiozephyrus, Harkenclenus, Helleia, Mitoura, Strymon, Thecla, Tomares

Nymphalidae nymphalids (US brushfoots)

Apaturinae US goatweeds and hackberries, GB emperors

Genera  Apatura, Doxocopa

Brassolinae owls

Genus Caligo

Charaxinae

Genera Anaea, Charaxes

Danainae

Danaini milkweeds, tigers, monarchs and queens

Genus Danaus

Heliconiinae longwings, heliconians, passion vine butterflies

Genus Heliconius

Argynnini fritillaries

Genera Argynnis, Argyreus, Argyronome, Boloria, Brenthis, Clossiana, Euptoieta, Fabriciana, Issoria, Pandoriana, Proclossiana, Speyeria

Ithomiinae glasswings

Genus Ithomia

Libytheinae snouts

Genera Libythea, Libytheana

Limenitidinae admirals

Genera Adelpha, Asterope, Azuritis, Basilarchia, Callicore, Ladoga, Limenitis, Neptis

Morphinae morphos

Genus Morpho

Nymphalinae anglewings

Kallimini oakleafs

Genus Kallima

Melitaeini US checkerspots, crescents, GB fritillaries

Genera Atlantea, Charidryas, Cinclidia, Didymaeformis, Euphydryas, Eurodryas, Hypodryas, Melitaea, Mellicta, Occidryas, Phyciodes

Nymphalini tortoiseshells  and admirals

Genera Aglais, Araschnia, Inachis, Nymphalis, Polygonia, Pyrameis, Vanessa

Satyrinae satyrines (US satyrs, browns, wood nymphs, ringlets, alpines; GB arguses, browns, graylings, heaths, ringlets)

Coenonymphini US ringlets, GB heaths

Genera Coenonympha, Triphysa

Dirini

Genus Dira

Erebiini US alpines, GB ringlets, arguses

Genera Erebia, Proterebia, Syngea, Truncaefalcia

Euptychiini US wood satyrs

Genera Cyllopsis, Euptychia, Neonympha

Maniolini US wood nymphs, satyrs, GB meadow browns, ringlets

Genera Aphantopus, Cercyonis, Hyponephele, Maniola, Proterebia, Pyronia

Melanargiini GB marbled whites

Genus Melanargia

Parargini GB browns

Genera Enodia, Kirinia, Lasiommata, Lopinga, Pararge, Satyrodes

Satyrini

Genera Brintesia, Callerebia, Chazara, Hipparchia, Kanetisa, Melampias, Minois, Neohipparchia, Neominois, Oeneis, Paralasa, Pseudochazara, Pseudotergumia, Satyrus, Ypthima

Papilionidae apollos and swallowtails

Papilioninae swallowtails

Genera Chilasa, Eurytides, Iphiclides,  Papilio, Troides, Zerynthia

Parnassiinae apollos, parnassians

Genera Archon, Driopa, Parnassius

Baroniinae

Genus Baronia

Pieridae pierids (US yellow-white butterflies)

Pierinae whites

Genera Anthocharis, Aporia, Baltia, Delias, Euchloe, Microzegris, Pieris, Pontia, Zegris

Coliadinae sulphurs

Genera Colias, Eurema, Gonepteryx, Nathalis, Phoebis

Dismorphiinae

Genus Leptidea

 

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