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Family Choreutidae - Metalmark Moths

Moth - Tebenna onustana Tebenna silphiella Meadow Moth - Prochoreutis extrincicella Skullcap Skeletonizer Moth  - Prochoreutis inflatella Apple-and-thorn skeletonizer - Choreutis pariana Apple-and-thorn skeletonizer - Choreutis pariana Moth - Tebenna Everlasting Tebbena Moth  - Tebenna gnaphaliella
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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 Choreutoidea
Family Choreutidae (Metalmark Moths)
Other Common Names
Metalmark Moths
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Choreutidae Stainton, 1854
Explanation of Names
Choreutidae from type genus Choreutis (Hübner), from Greek meaning "dancer." (1)
32 species in 9 genera in 2 subfamilies in North America
8 genera belong to the subfamily Choreutinae; the other subfamily (Millieriinae) is represented by a single North American species, Phormoestes palmettovora, which occurs in Florida and was described by Heppner in 1982
very small: wingspan less than 10 mm.
wings broad and square-tipped (giving a chunky appearance), and often containing reflective "metallic" spots or patches - hence the common name of Metalmark Moths
Print References
Borror and White 1998. A Field Guide to Insects(2)
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.
2.A Field Guide to Insects
Richard E. White, Donald J. Borror, Roger Tory Peterson. 1998. Houghton Mifflin Co.