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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: Depressariidae
Subfamily: Ethmiinae
Busck, 1909


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

The Ethmiinae are a subfamily of small moths in the superfamily Gelechioidea sometimes included in the Elachistidae or the Oecophoridae, but mostly in the Depressariidae as a subfamily Ethmiinae.[2]


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


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

Media related to Ethmiinae 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.