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Drepana falcataria, Pebble Hook-tip, Trawscoed, North Wales, May 2017 (34724478620).jpg
Drepana falcataria , the pebble hook-tip
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Drepanoidea
Family: Drepanidae
Meyrick, 1895

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The Drepanidae is a family of moths with about 660 species described worldwide. [1] They are generally divided in three subfamilies (Minet and Scoble, 1999; [2] ) which share the same type of hearing organ. Thyatirinae, previously often placed in their own family, bear a superficial resemblance to Noctuidae. Many species in the Drepanid family have a distinctively hook-shaped apex to the forewing, leading to their common name of hook-tips.


The larvae of many species are very distinctive, tapering to a point at the tail and usually resting with both head and tail raised. They usually feed on the leaves of trees and shrubs, pupating between leaves spun together with silk.


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