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Family Heliodinidae - Sun Moths

Heliodinidae - Embola powelli Heliodinid - Aetole unipunctella Crusader moth - Aetole tripunctella Never seen this moth before - Aetole Aetole - Aetole tripunctella Stem borer, Mirabilis - Embola ionis  Neoheliodines arizonense - Neoheliodines arizonense Another Aetole favonia/cera from White Sands, this time with visible key character - Aetole - female
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Yponomeutoidea (Ermine Moths and kin)
Family Heliodinidae (Sun Moths)
Numbers
72 described species, mostly in New World
Identification
Many species hold hind legs elevated at rest. Formally, "Members of the family Heliodinidae are metallic-colored, mostly diurnal moths. They have the following combination of characters: (1) base of haustellum naked; (2) head scales closely appressed; (3) metallic-colored scaling covering body and wings; (4) apophyses anteriores with ventral branches originating from a medial band that forms a sclerotized bridge between them; (5) tegumen enormously expanded posteriorly with gnathos completely fused with it or absent; (6) pupa with stiff lateral and dorsal setae."(1)
Food
Often Nyctaginaceae and other members of Caryophyllales(1)
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