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Tribe Litini

Coleotechnites florae A Coleotechnites sp. - Coleotechnites atrupictella Moth ID request Micromoth w/ complicated pattern - Sinoe Moth - Coleotechnites Xenolechia ontariensis? - Xenolechia ontariensis Gelechiid - Sinoe Unknown moth
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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 Gelechiidae (Twirler Moths)
Subfamily Gelechiinae
Tribe Litini
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
synonymy Litini Bruand, 1859 (=Teleiodini Piskunov, 1973; = Exoteleiini Омелько, 1999) was established in Ponomarenko (2005)
Numbers
94 species in 14 genera occur in the Nearctic Region (1)
Identification
Most genera in Litini lack distinctive external features, and many species lack contrasting colors and patterns. Thus, examination of genital characters is important for diagnoses (1)
Life Cycle
Most known larvae of Litini feed in folded or rolled leaves that are webbed together, some feed as leaf or needle miners, and others feed in buds, flowers, stems, seeds, and cones (1)
Works Cited
1.Revision of Holarctic Teleiodini (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae)
Sangmi Lee & Richard L. Brown (2008). 2008. Zootaxa 1818: 1–55 .