The Noctuinae are a subfamily of the family Noctuidae. The larvae of many species feed on roots or stems of various grasses. Some are generalist feeders which makes them potential pests.

Heart and dart (Agrotis exclamationis) imago
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Noctuoidea
Family: Noctuidae
Subfamily: Noctuinae
Actinotiini Beck, 1996
Apameini Guenée, 1841
Arzamini Grote, 1883
Caradrinini Boisduval, 1840
Dypterygiini Forbes, 1954
Elaphriini Beck, 1996
Episemini Guenée, 1852
Eriopygini Fibiger & Lafontaine, 2005
Glottulini Guenée, 1852
Hadenini Guenée, 1837
Leucaniini Guenée, 1837
Noctuini Latreille, 1809
Orthosiini Guenée, 1837
Phlogophorini Hampson, 1918
Phosphilini Poole, 1995
Prodeniini Forbes, 1954
Pseudeustrotiini Beck, 1996
Tholerini Beck, 1996
Xylenini Guenée, 1837
at least 600 genera
Garden dart (Euxoa nigricans) imago
Double square-spot (Xestia triangulum) caterpillar
Eupsilia sp., early instar caterpillar

Noctuid systematics is in a state of flux; the list of tribes is provisional and other groups now considered more distinct (e.g. Hadeninae) were formerly included here. Likewise, the validity of the tribe Xestiini is doubtful for example.

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  1. ^ Keegan, Kevin; Rota, Jadranka; Zahiri, Reza; Zilli, Alberto; et al. (2021). "Toward a Stable Global Noctuidae (Lepidoptera) Taxonomy". Insect Systematics and Diversity. 5. doi:10.1093/isd/ixab005.
  2. ^ "Noctuinae Report". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 2021-11-20.