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The composition of this superfamily is in flux. The original superfamily concept of Borner (1931) included five families: Zygaenidae (approximately 800 species, Bourgogne 1951), Limacodidae (over 1000 species, Epstein 1996, Epstein et al. 1999), Megalopygidae (23 genera, approximately 230 species, Miller 1994), Dalceridae (11 genera, 84 species Miller 1994) and Epipyropidae (approximately 40 species, Davis in Stehr 1987). Currently, eight families are included (Miller 1994, Epstein 1996, Epstein et al. 1999). In addition to Borner's original five, Heterogynidae (two genera), Chrysopolomidae (25 species, Scoble 1992) and Cyclotornidae (approximately 12 species, Common 1990) are included. The concept of Megalopygidae was broadened to include Somabrachys which occurs in North Africa (Minet 1986[?]).  Members of this superfamily can be found in all zoogeographical regions. A range of diversity of adult phenotypes and life histories can be found in this superfamily and consulting individual family accounts is recommended.


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