A contribution to the fauna of subfamilies Metoponiinae, Bryophilinae and Xyleninae (Lepidoptera; Noctuidae) in NE Iran

Document Type : Research articles


Department of Plant Protection, College of Agriculture, Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz, Ahvaz, Iran


The Noctuidae with more than 25,000 described species include numerous economic important crop pests worldwide. A faunistic study on this family was carried out in the years 2010 and 2011 in the Khorasan-e-Razavi province, NE Iran. A total of 33 species of the subfamilies Metoponiinae, Bryophilinae and Xyleninae belonging to 17 genera were collected. Among the collected species, two are recorded for the first time for the fauna of Iran; Haemerosia albicomma Ronkay, Varga and Hreblay, 1998 and Cryphia duskeimima Ronkay, Varga and Hreblay, 1998. Illustrations of adults and their genitalia are given with notes on the bionomy and distribution. Also, 13 species were recorded for the first time in Khorasan-e-Razavi province. An identification key for 11 collected Caradrina species is given, including a key to 11 collected species.