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Subfamily Apatetrinae

small moth - Sitotroga cerealella Messy eater - Chrysoesthia sexguttella Platyedra subcinerea? - Platyedra subcinerea Elachistidae: Depressaria? - Platyedra subcinerea Gelechioidea ? - Chrysoesthia sexguttella Larva and mines on Orache - Chrysoesthia sexguttella Epilechia catalinella Chrysoesthia drurella? - Chrysoesthia
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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 Apatetrinae
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Apatetrinae Meyrick, 1947
8 species in 5 genera in our area (1).
"This subfamily possesses at least one synapomorphy: the antenna with a fully developed pecten. Although a pecten is generally a homoplastic character among Gelechioidea, its presence is nearly always consistent with relationships at the subfamily level (Kaila, 2004). Within Gelechiidae a fully developed antennal pecten is only present in Apatetrinae. When present outside of the Apatetrinae it consists of only a single bristle" (2).
Print References
Kaila, L. (2004) Phylogeny of the superfamily Gelechioidea (Lepidoptera: Ditrysia): an exemplar approach. Cladistics, 20, 303–340.
Works Cited
1.Annotated taxonomic checklist of the Lepidoptera of North America, North of Mexico
Pohl, G.R., Patterson, B., & Pelham, J.P. 2016.
2.A molecular analysis of the Gelechiidae (Lepidoptera, Gelechioidea) with an interpretative grouping of its taxa
Karsholt, O., M. Mutanen, S. Lee, & L. Kaila. 2013. Systematic Entomology. 38 (2):334–348.