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Flower moths
Scythris scopolella.jpg
Adult Scythris scopolella
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Suborder: Glossata
Infraorder: Heteroneura
Division: Ditrysia
Superfamily: Gelechioidea
Family: Scythrididae (disputed)
Rebel, 1901
About 30 genera and 669 species
  • Scythridinae (but see text)
  • Butalidae Heinemann & Wocke, 1876

Scythrididae (flower moths) is a family of small moths in the superfamily Gelechioidea. The family is sometimes included in the Xyloryctidae as a subfamily Scythridinae, but the Xyloryctidae themselves have sometimes been included in the Oecophoridae as subfamily. Scythrididae adults are smallish to mid-sized moths, which when at rest appear teardrop-shaped.[2]

Selected genera[edit]

Genera of Scythrididae (with some notable species also listed) include:[3]


  1. ^ Animal biodiversity: An outline of higher-level classification and survey of taxonomic richness - Lepidoptera
  2. ^ Hodges (1999), Baran (2004), ToL (2009), Wikispecies (2009-NOV-17), and see references in Savela (2003)
  3. ^ Wikispecies (2009-NOV-17), and see references in Savela (2003)


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

  • Baran, Tomasz (2004): Scythris buszkoi sp. n., a new species of Scythrididae from Europe (Gelechioidea). Nota Lepidopterologica 26(3/4): 89-98. PDF fulltext
  • Hodges, R.W. (1999): The Gelechioidea. In: Kristensen, N.P. (ed.): Handbuch der Zoologie/Handbook of Zoology (Vol. IV Part 35: Lepidoptera, Moths and Butterflies 1): 131–158. Walter de Gruyter, Berlin & New York.
  • Savela, Markku (2004): Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and some other life forms – Scythrididae. Version of 2004-JAN-02. Retrieved 2010-APR-22.
  • Tree of Life Web Project (ToL) (2009): Gelechioidea. Version of 2009-APR-02. Retrieved 2010-APR-22.