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Family Micropterigidae - Mandibulate Archaic Moths

small iridescent moth - Epimartyria auricrinella Goldcap Moss-eater Moth - Epimartyria auricrinella Goldcap Moss-eater Moth - Epimartyria auricrinella Moth - Epimartyria auricrinella Vashon BioBlitz 2013 - Epimartyria bimaculella? - Epimartyria bimaculella Vashon BioBlitz 2013 - Epimartyria bimaculella? - Epimartyria bimaculella Moth - Epimartyria bimaculella Moth - Epimartyria bimaculella
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Micropterigoidea (Mandibulate Archaic Moths)
Family Micropterigidae (Mandibulate Archaic Moths)
Numbers
3 spp. in a single genus (Epimartyria) in our area, ca. 110 spp. worldwide(1)
Identification
Adults: small and often colorful, metalic sheens of bronze, purple and yellow(2)
Larvae: unlike other caterpillars, plump somewhat hexagonal in cross section, with long antennae(2)
Food
liverworts, fungal hyphae, detritus, angiosperms(2)
Remarks
most primitive extant lepidopterans; some 125 million year old specimens preserved in amber are recognizable as modern genera(2)
Works Cited
1.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
2.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.