Ditrysia

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Ditrysia
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Kamehameha
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Suborder: Glossata
Cohort: Myoglossata
Subcohort: Neolepidoptera
Infraorder: Heteroneura
Division: Ditrysia
Borner, 1925
Principal clades and Superfamilies

The Ditrysia are a natural group or clade of insects in the Lepidopteran order containing both butterflies and moths. They are so named because the female has two distinct sexual openings: one for mating, and the other for laying eggs (in contrast to the Monotrysia).

About 98% of described species of Lepidoptera belong to Ditrysia. The group can be divided into the primitive but paraphyletic "micromoths" and the derived monophyletic Apoditrysia, which includes mostly larger moths as well as the butterflies. Those with a dorsal heart vessel belong in section Cossina.[1] Others, having a ventral heart vessel belong in section Tineina.

See also[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • Kristensen, N. P. and Skalski, A.W. (1999). Phylogeny and paleontology. Pages 7-25 in: Lepidoptera: Moths and Butterflies. 1. Evolution, Systematics, and Biogeography. Handbook of Zoology Vol. IV, Part 35. N. P. Kristensen, ed. De Gruyter, Berlin and New York.
  • Capinera, John, editor (2008), Encyclopedia of Entomology, 2nd ed., Springer Verlag, New York.

External links[edit]

Media related to Ditrysia at Wikimedia Commons Data related to Ditrysia at Wikispecies

References[edit]

  1. ^ page 657 of Capinera