This group of moths includes more than 21,000 described species, with many more yet to be named. The Noctuidae are today often classified as Erebidae, the largest family in the Lepidoptera.

Sometimes referred to as owlet moths or cut-worm moths, Noctuidae are usually are cryptically coloured in shades of grey and brown, but some can be brightly coloured. 

Thysania agrippina, White Witch moth

Thysania agrippina, White Witch moth

White witch moth

Noctuidae includes one of the world’s largest moths Thysania agrippina, the White Witch, with a wingspan in the region of 300mm. 

The group also contains some of the smallest moths, with wingspans down to 6 mm in the case of Micronoctua karsholti.