Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Semioscopis spp. are in the Family: Oecophoridae in Hodges' Check List. More recent classification (Ottawa) places the genus in the Family: Elachistidae, SF: Depressariinae. I (TT) am leavig them here, in Oecophoridae, for convenience.
Brian Pitkin et al
have rejected the placement of Semioscopis
in the family Elachistidae by Hodges, in Kristensen (1999), due to the "radically different and contentious nature
" of Hodges' classification of Gelechioidea, and follow Nye and Fletcher (1991) in placing Semioscopis
in Oecophoridae (see Internet References section below)
6 species in North America (nearctica.com
forewings held together, usually partly overlapping, over abdomen in moths at rest; color ranges from whitish to varying shades of brown or gray, with dark streaks and/or curving lines
Much of United States (except the Southeast) and southern Canada but distribution seems patchy and not well known.
Also represented throughout Eurasia.
Larvae feed on leaves of various trees and shrubs.
pinned adult images
by Jim Vargo (Moth Photographers Group)
live adult images
by various photographers (Moth Photographers Group)
list of Palearctic and Nearctic species
plus food plants, links to other sites, references (Markku Savela, FUNET)
in family Oecophoridae, subfamily Depressariinae (Brian Pitkin et al
, Butterflies and Moths of the World)