Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Upcoming Events

Discussion of 2018 gathering

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa

Photos from the 2010 Workshop in Grinnell, Iowa

Photos from the 2009 gathering in Washington


Family Elachistidae - Grass Miner Moths

Elachista sp. - Elachista hundreds out today - Chrysoclista linneella Unidentified - Elachista micro moth - Elachista Elachista illectella Elachistidae, Grass Miner Moth - Elachista Moth Gelechioidea ? - Blastodacna
Show images of: caterpillars · adults · both
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Gelechioidea (Twirler Moths and kin)
Family Elachistidae (Grass Miner Moths)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Elachistidae Bruand, 1850
* includes former families Agonoxenidae, Ethmiidae, and part of Oecophoridae as subfamilies (Agonoxeninae, Ethmiinae, Depressariinae) of Elachistidae, according to Hodges in Kristensen (1999)
Explanation of Names
Elachistidae from type genus Elachista (Treitschke), Greek meaning "very small." (1)
About 337 species in 5 subfamilies in North America.
Larvae are leaf tiers, leaf rollers, leaf miners, seed feeders, stem borers, or external feeders on many dicots and monocots.
Internet References
common name reference [Grass Miner Moths] (David Maddison, Tree of Life,
Works Cited
1.An accentuated list of the British Lepidoptera, with hints on the derivation of the names.
Anonymous. 1858. The Entomological Societies of Oxford and Cambridge.