Belongs within: Gelechioidea. The Cosmopteriginae are small moths with asymmetrical genitalia in males, lacking an uncus and with the aedeagus fused to the juxta, and lacking raised scale-tufts on the wings (Nielsen & Common 1991). <==CosmopteriginaeNC91 |–Sathrobota rileyiC70 |–LabdiaNC91 | |–L. leucombraNC91 | `–L. semnostolaC70 |–LimnaeciaNC91 | |–L. cirrhozonaNC91 | `–L. phragmitellaNC91 |–CosmopterixNC91 | |–C.… Continue reading Cosmopteriginae


Belongs within: Obtectomera.Contains: Symmocidae, Coleophora, Agapalsini, Blastobasinae, Borkhausenia, Gymnobathra, Oecophorinae, Xyloryctinae, Stathmopodinae, Depressaria, Gelechiidae, Cosmopteriginae, Ethmiinae. The Gelechioidea are a hyperdiverse group of moths, generally characterised by the presence of a densely scaled proboscis. Approximately 16,500 species are known within the clade, with a correspondingly high diversity of lifestyles, with larvae being phytophagous, detritivorous or… Continue reading Gelechioidea


Belongs within: Gelechioidea. The Stathmopodinae are a group of usually very small moths that commonly rest with the hind legs raised. Some species are diurnal and brightly coloured (Nielsen & Common 1991). Characters (from Nielsen & Common 1991): Usually very small; head smooth-scaled; wings very narrow; fore wing lacking pterostigma, R2 well before upper angle… Continue reading Stathmopodinae


Belongs within: Gelechioidea. The Xyloryctinae are a group of small to medium-sized moths in which the hind wings have veins Rs and M1 stalked or arising from the same point and divergent, and Sc+R1 diverging from Rs well before the end of the cell. The gnathos in the male is not spinose (Nielsen & Common… Continue reading Xyloryctinae


Belongs within: Obtectomera. The Alucitoidea are a group of moths in which the wings are often deeply divided. They are united by a discrete transverse bands of spines on the abdomen and a distinct V-shaped sclerotisation on the second sternite (Nielsen & Common 1991). Species of Alucita have the fore wing divided into six plumes… Continue reading Alucitoidea


Belongs within: Obtectomera. The Copromorphoidea are a group of small moths characterised by the presence of long curved anterolateral processes on sternite 2. Vein M in the hind wing has three branches in Copromorphidae but one or two branches in Carposinidae. The copromorphid genera Copromorpha and Phycomorpha have tufts of scales on the fore wings (Nielsen & Common 1991).… Continue reading Copromorphoidea


Belongs within: Obtectomera. The Pterophoridae, plume moths, are a group of small moths in which the hind wings are usually deeply cleft into three plumes. However, the fore and hind wings are both undivided in members of the subfamily Agdistinae. Pterophorinae have two veins in both the second and third lobes of the hind wing… Continue reading Pterophoridae


Belongs within: Lycaenidae.Contains: Theclinesthes, Nacaduba, Prosotas, Everes, Tongeia, Celastrina, Polyommatus, Albulina, Agriades, Lycaeides, Agrodiaetus, Cyaniris, Plebejus, Maculinea, Glaucopsyche. The Polyommatini are a cosmopolitan group of butterflies. Members typically lack a basal dark streak on the underside of the fore wing except in a few species possessing tailed wings. The tribe is divided between numerous groups with veins Sc and R1 completely free from each other… Continue reading Polyommatini


Belongs within: Apoditrysia.Contains: Copromorphoidea, Pyraloidea, Macroheterocera, Gelechioidea, Thyrididae, Alucitoidea, Pterophoridae, Papilionidae, Hesperiidae, Pieridae, Nymphalidae, Riodinidae, Lycaenidae. The Obtectomera are a clade of Lepidoptera united in its circumscription below by molecular phylogenetic analysis (Kawahara et al. 2019). Historically, the clade has been characterised by pupae with abdominal segments 1–4 immobile and without a dorsal row of… Continue reading Obtectomera


Belongs within: Geometroidea.Contains: Eupithecia, Oenochrominae, Acidalianae, Geometrinae, Ennominae, Sterrhinae, Xanthorhoe. The Geometridae are a highly diverse group of moths. Their larvae are commonly known as loopers due to their characteristic looping mode of movement resulting from a reduction in the number of prolegs. Adults are commonly cryptically coloured with mottled grey or brown colours. Flight… Continue reading Geometridae