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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Subfamily Ethmiinae

Ethmia monticola Another cute little guy - Ethmia apicipunctella Moth - Ethmia zelleriella White and gray moth - Ethmia arctostaphylella Ethmia zelleriella (Zeller's Ethmia Moth) - Ethmia zelleriella Ethmia hagenella  Ethmia discostrigella - Ethmia Gray Ethmia - Hodges#0987 - Ethmia monticola
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Gelechioidea (Twirler Moths and kin)
Family Depressariidae
Subfamily Ethmiinae
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
considered a separate family (Ethmiidae) by some authors; treated as a subfamily of Elachistidae by Hodges in Kristensen (1999), which is the classification followed at All-Leps and BugGuide
Numbers
55 species in 3 genera in North America listed at All-Leps
Size
wingspan 15-28 mm
Range
holarctic
Season
adults fly from May to July
Food
larvae feed on the leaves and flowers of various herbaceous plants
Internet References
live adult images of Ethmia longimaculella plus description and other info (Lynn Scott, Ontario)
adult thumbnail images of several European species (Jeff Higgott, UK Lepidoptera)
classification of genus Ethmia in Ethmiidae (Brian Pitkin; Butterflies and Moths of the World)
technical description of family Ethmiidae (L. Watson and M.J. Dallwitz; British Insects: the Families of Lepidoptera)