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Family Heliodinidae

Microlep - Aetole unipunctella Unidentified dune moth - Lithariapteryx abroniaeella Neoheliodines sp. - Neoheliodines Small Moth with Horns - Neoheliodines cliffordi Neoheliodines vernius Very tiny moth Heliodinidae, lateralX - Neoheliodines cliffordi Lithariapteryx mirabilinella ? - Lithariapteryx
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
No Taxon (Moths)
Superfamily Yponomeutoidea
Family Heliodinidae
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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