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Adult Ethmia quadrillella
at Commanster (Belgian Ardennes)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Suborder: Glossata
Infraorder: Heteroneura
Division: Ditrysia
Superfamily: Gelechioidea
Family: Ethmiidae (disputed)
Busck, 1909

Azinidae Walsingham, 1906
Ethmiadae Meyrick, 1909
Ethmiinae Brues, Melander & Carpenter, 1954 (but see text)

The Ethmiidae are a family of small moths in the superfamily Gelechioidea sometimes included in the Elachistidae or the Oecophoridae as a subfamily Ethmiinae.[2]


Seven genera are presently placed here; numerous others are now considered junior synonyms (mostly of Ethmia):[2]

Pyramidobela is sometimes placed here, but more often in the Oecophoridae (or Oecophorinae, if the Ethmiidae are included in Oecophoridae as subfamily).[2]


  1. ^ See references in Savela (2003)
  2. ^ a b c Wikispecies (2009-JUN-29), and see references in Savela (2003)

Media related to Ethmiidae at Wikimedia Commons Data related to Ethmiidae at Wikispecies See also Gelechioidea Talk page for comparison of some approaches to gelechioid systematics and taxonomy.

Further reading[edit]

  • Savela, Markku (2003): Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and some other life forms – Ethmiinae [sic]. Version of 2003-DEC-29. Retrieved 2010-APR-21.