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Family Heliodinidae - Sun Moths

Perhaps Mompha or Chrysoclista? - Aetole bella Heliodinidae, possibly Embola sp? - Embola ionis Aetole tripunctella Aetole unipunctella Lithariapteryx mirabilinella ? - Lithariapteryx Lithariapteryx elegans 2497 - Aetole bella Mine on Mirabilis jalapa - Bucculatrix? - Aetole tripunctella
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Yponomeutoidea (Ermine Moths and kin)
Family Heliodinidae (Sun Moths)
72 described species, mostly in New World
Many species hold hind legs elevated at rest. Formally, "Members of the family Heliodinidae are metallic-colored, mostly diurnal moths. They have the following combination of characters: (1) base of haustellum naked; (2) head scales closely appressed; (3) metallic-colored scaling covering body and wings; (4) apophyses anteriores with ventral branches originating from a medial band that forms a sclerotized bridge between them; (5) tegumen enormously expanded posteriorly with gnathos completely fused with it or absent; (6) pupa with stiff lateral and dorsal setae."(1)
Often Nyctaginaceae and other members of Caryophyllales(1)
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