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Family Choreutidae - Metalmark Moths

A very small moth to ID - Choreutis pariana Portland Upright Moth - Choreutis pariana Tiny moth with metalic spots - Tebenna gnaphaliella tiny moth - Prochoreutis inflatella Choreutoidea? Everlasting Tebenna Moth - Tebenna gnaphaliella Corbin Mountain Moth -- back view - Brenthia pavonacella Moth - Choreutis pariana
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Choreutoidea (Metalmark Moths)
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.