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Family Heliodinidae - Sun Moths

Embola ionis Micromoth caterpillar on four o'clock (Mirabilis) - Neoheliodines nyctaginella Heliodinidae on Wild 4 O'Clocks, lateral - Neoheliodines nyctaginella Heliodinidae on Wild 4 O'Clocks, cocoon - Neoheliodines nyctaginella Mine on Mirabilis jalapa - Bucculatrix? - Aetole tripunctella Mine on Mirabilis jalapa - Bucculatrix? - Aetole tripunctella Lithariapteryx abroniaeella Lithariapteryx abroniaeella
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Classification
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)
Numbers
72 described species, mostly in New World
Identification
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)
Food
Often Nyctaginaceae and other members of Caryophyllales(1)
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