Addendum to the Israeli Noctuoidea fauna (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae, Erebidae)


  • Vasiliy D. Kravchenko The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History and Research Center, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, 69978 Israel.
  • Alexander N. Poltavsky Botanical Garden of the Academy of Biology and Biotechnology, Southern Federal University, 7 Botanicheskiy spusk Str., Rostov-on-Don, 344041 Russia
  • Günter C. Müller Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, IMRIC, Kuvin Centre for the Study of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, Faculty of Medicine, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, 91120 Israel


Biodiversity, Lepidoptera, Noctuidae, Erebidae, moths, Israel, Middle East, fauna


Seventeen species of Noctuoidea (Lepidoptera) are newly recorded for Israel, bringing the owlet moth fauna to 565 species. Four species are new records for the Levant, others have been known from Lebanon, Cyprus, Syria, and Jordan. Most of new records are done in the northern and southern parts of the country. The ‘southern’ group is represented by the Afrotropical and Pan-Eremic species, which reached the northern limit of their distribution. The ‘northern’ group is represented by species on the southern border of their distribution, including Trans-Palearctic and Mediterranean elements at the forested medium elevations, the Mediterranean–Iranian species in the montane steppes, and the alpine and xeromontane species at elevations over 2000 m. The pattern of occurrence of the new records reflects the position of Israel in the region as a transitional area between a more humid Mediterranean part in the north and a more arid part in the south.


Cite as: Kravchenko, V.D., Poltavsky, A.N. & Müller, G.C. 2018. Addendum to the Israeli Noctuoidea fauna (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae, Erebidae). Israel Journal of Entomology 48 (1): 89–98.

DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1473586 80F01-6B78-4677-B2A6-88DBF48801D1