Nolidae is a family of moths with about 1,400 described species worldwide. The family was erected by George Hampson in 1894. They are mostly small with dull coloration, the main distinguishing feature being a silk cocoon with a vertical exit slit. The group is sometimes known as tuft moths, after the tufts of raised scales on the forewings of two subfamilies, Nolinae and Collomeninae.[1] The larvae also tend to have muted colors and tufts of short hairs.

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Green silver-lines, Pseudoips prasinana
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Noctuoidea
Family: Nolidae
Hampson, 1894

Formerly, this group was included in the Noctuidae.


Monotypic subfamiliesEdit

Genera incertae sedisEdit

The following genera have yet to be assigned to a subfamily:


  1. ^ Zahiri, R.; Lafontaine, J. D.; Holloway, J. D.; Kitching, I. J.; Schmidt, B. C.; Kaila, L. & Wahlberg, N. (2013). "Major lineages of Nolidae (Lepidoptera, Noctuoidea) elucidated by molecular phylogenetics". Cladistics. doi:10.1111/cla.12001.

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