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Family Heliodinidae - Sun Moths

Heliodinidae, possibly Neoheliodines vernius? - Neoheliodines vernius Heliodinidae, possibly Embola sp? - Embola ionis Heliodinid - Aetole unipunctella Heliodinidae, dorsal - Neoheliodines cliffordi Orange and silver moth - Embola ionis Lithariapteryx? - Lithariapteryx Unknow Copper color Bug Lithariapteryx? - Lithariapteryx
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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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