Taxonomy of the Lepidoptera

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Micropterix aureatella, a micropterigid moth

This is a taxonomy of the insect order Lepidoptera down to family level.[1]

Lepidoptera consists of moths (42 superfamilies), most of which are night-flying, and a derived group, mainly day-flying, called butterflies (superfamily Papilionoidea). Within Lepidoptera as a whole, the groups listed below before Glossata contain a few basal families accounting for less than 200 species; the bulk of Lepidoptera are in the Glossata. Similarly, within the Glossata, there are a few basal groups listed first, with the bulk of species in the Heteroneura. Basal groups within Heteroneura cannot be defined with as much confidence, as there are still some disputes concerning the proper relations among these groups. At the family level, however, most groups are well defined, and the families are commonly used by hobbyists and scientists alike.

Unassigned fossil lepidopterans[edit]

Suborder Zeugloptera[edit]

Suborder Aglossata[edit]

Suborder Heterobathmiina[edit]

Suborder Glossata[edit]

Infraorder Dacnonypha[edit]

Dyseriocrania subpurpurella, an eriocranid moth

Clade Coelolepida, encompassing all remaining groups[edit]

Infraorder Acanthoctesia[edit]

Infraorder Lophocoronina[edit]

Clade Myoglossata, encompassing all remaining groups[edit]

Infraorder Neopseustina[edit]

Clade Neolepidoptera, encompassing all remaining groups[edit]

Infraorder Exoporia[edit]

Oncopera brunneata, a hepalialid moth

Infraorder Heteroneura[edit]

Clade Nepticulina[edit]

Clade Eulepidoptera, encompassing all remaining groups[edit]

Clade Incurvariina[edit]
Clade Etimonotrysia[edit]
Clade Ditrysia, encompassing all remaining groups[edit]
Clade Apoditrysia, encompassing all remaining groups[edit]
Clade Obtectomera, encompassing all remaining groups[edit]
Clade Macroheterocera (Macrolepidoptera)[edit]
Catocala nupta, red underwing, a noctuid moth
Drymonia ruficornis, a notodontid moth


  1. ^ van Nieukerken, Erik J.; Lauri Kaila; Ian J. Kitching; Niels P. Kristensen; David C. Lees; Joël Minet; Charles Mitter; Marko Mutanen; Jerome C. Regier; Thomas J. Simonsen; Niklas Wahlberg; Shen-Horn Yen; Reza Zahiri; David Adamski; Joaquin Baixeras; Daniel Bartsch; Bengt Å. Bengtsson; John W. Brown; Sibyl Rae Bucheli; Donald R. Davis; Jurate De Prins; Willy De Prins; Marc E. Epstein; Patricia Gentili-Poole; Cees Gielis; Peter Hättenschwiler; Axel Hausmann; Jeremy D. Holloway; Axel Kallies; Ole Karsholt; Akito Y. Kawahara; Sjaak (J.C.) Koster; Mikhail V. Kozlov; J. Donald Lafontaine; Gerardo Lamas; Jean-François Landry; Sangmi Lee; Matthias Nuss; Kyu-Tek Park; Carla Penz; Jadranka Rota; Alexander Schintlmeister; B. Christian Schmidt; Jae-Cheon Sohn; M. Alma Solis; Gerhard M. Tarmann; Andrew D. Warren; Susan Weller; Roman V. Yakovlev; Vadim V. Zolotuhin; Andreas Zwick (23 December 2011). Zhang, Zhi-Qiang, ed. "Order Lepidoptera Linnaeus, 1758" (PDF). Zootaxa. Animal biodiversity: An outline of higher-level classification and survey of taxonomic richness. 3148: 212–221. Retrieved 4 November 2012.