Amphipyrinae, Guenee, 1837

Pohl, Greg, Anweiler, Gary, Schmidt, Christian & Kondla, Norbert, 2010, An annotated list of the Lepidoptera of Alberta, Canada, ZooKeys 38 (38), pp. 1-549: 264-265

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63.8. Amphipyrinae 

Medium-sized (30–50 mm wingspan) moths. Most are gray or brown, but also included are the beautiful green species of the genus Feralia  and the colorful stiriines. The larvae feed on the leaves of trees and shrubs (Amphyrini and Psaphidini) or herbaceous plants, particularly Asteraceae  ( Stiriini  ). The group has undergone several reorganizations ( Poole 1995; Kitching and Rawlins 1999; Fibiger and Lafontaine 2005; Lafontaine and Schmidt in press) and now includes the Psaphidini, which until very recently ( Wagner et al. 2008) was considered a separate subfamily, as were the Stiriini ( Poole 1995)  .

The family Amphipyrinae  is Holarctic in distribution, with about 220 species in

North America. Eleven species in six genera occur in AB.