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Family Elachistidae - Grass Miner Moths

Elachista sp. - Elachista Unknown Micromoth: Ethmia trifurcella? - Blastodacna Black and White Moth moth - Elachista Swamp moth - Elachista Unid Leafminer Gcg1 - Elachista blotch miner of Dichanthelium cf. acuminatum rosette leaves - Elachista moth - Elachista
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Gelechioidea (Twirler Moths and kin)
Family Elachistidae (Grass Miner Moths)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Elachistidae Bruand, 1850
* includes former families Agonoxenidae, Ethmiidae, and part of Oecophoridae as subfamilies (Agonoxeninae, Ethmiinae, Depressariinae) of Elachistidae, according to Hodges in Kristensen (1999)
Explanation of Names
Elachistidae from type genus Elachista (Treitschke), Greek meaning "very small." (1)
Numbers
About 337 species in 5 subfamilies in North America.
Food
Larvae are leaf tiers, leaf rollers, leaf miners, seed feeders, stem borers, or external feeders on many dicots and monocots.
Internet References
common name reference [Grass Miner Moths] (David Maddison, Tree of Life, tolweb.org)
Works Cited
1.An accentuated list of the British Lepidoptera, with hints on the derivation of the names.
Anonymous. 1858. The Entomological Societies of Oxford and Cambridge.