Bombycoidea

Bombycoidea is a superfamily of moths. It contains the silk moths, emperor moths, sphinx moths, and relatives. The Lasiocampoidea are close relatives and were historically sometimes merged in this group. After many years of debate and shifting taxonomies, the most recent classifications treat the superfamily as containing 10 constituent families.[1] Their larvae often exhibit horns.[2]

Bombycoidea
Acherontia atropos MHNT.jpg
Death's-head hawkmoth, Acherontia atropos
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Clade: Eulepidoptera
Clade: Ditrysia
Clade: Apoditrysia
Clade: Obtectomera
Clade: Macroheterocera
Superfamily: Bombycoidea
Families

Anthelidae
Apatelodidae
Bombycidae
Brahmaeidae (syn: Lemoniidae)
Carthaeidae
Endromidae (syn: Mirinidae)
Eupterotidae
Phiditiidae
Saturniidae
Sphingidae

Diversity
Over 3,500 species
Synonyms

Sphingoidea

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Kitching I, Rougerie R, Zwick A, Hamilton C, St Laurent R, Naumann S, Ballesteros Mejia L, Kawahara A (2018) A global checklist of the Bombycoidea (Insecta: Lepidoptera). Biodiversity Data Journal 6: e22236. https://doi.org/10.3897/BDJ.6.e22236
  2. ^ Firefly Encyclopedia of Insects and Spiders, edited by Christopher O'Toole, ISBN 1-55297-612-2, 2002