- Also called owlet moth. any of numerous dull-colored moths of the family Noctuidae, the larvae of which include the armyworms and cutworms.
- belonging or pertaining to the family Noctuidae.
Origin of noctuid
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Genitalia of a male Noctuid from below : the parts separated out.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
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Box turtles probably benefit man by destroying large numbers of crop-damaging insects (locustids and noctuid caterpillars).
On the whole, members of this family are more available to the day collector than are those of the Noctuid.The Moths of the British Isles, Second Series
For example, the caterpillars of some species of Xanthia and other noctuid moths feed at first upon willow-catkins.
For instance Plotheia frontalis, a Noctuid which often abounds in Ceylon, shows an equally bewildering wealth of forms.Problems of Genetics
- of, relating to, or belonging to the Noctuidae
C19: via New Latin from Latin noctua night owl, from nox night
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