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Burnet Moth Biology (Lepidoptera: Zygaenidae)

The family Zygaenidae is a member of the order Lepidoptera, suborder Ditrysia and the super- family Zygaenoidea. Other than Zygaenidae, the superfamily Zygaenoidea consist of the following families: Megalopygidae (Lagoidae), Heterogynidae, Chrysopolomidae, Metarbelidae (Teragriidae), Limacodidae (including Cochlidiidae, Heterogenidae, Eucleidae), Cyclotornidae, and Epipyropidae. The Zygaenidae are further subdivided into seven subfamilies: Zygaeninae (burnet moths), Procridinae (forester moths), Chalcosiinae, Charideinae, Phaudinae, Anomoeotinae and Himantopterinae from which only Zygaeninae and Procridinae (and to a lesser extent Charideinae) are frequently mentioned even though Chalcosiinae are considered to be the largest group living in tropics. It is worth noting that the genus Zygaena is the most studied genus of the family.

External Morphology

The adults of the family Zygaenidae closely resemble the Ctenuchidae from the superfamily