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                     CLASSIFICATION OF LEPIDOPTERA

 

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Insecta:  Holometabola

 

LEPIDOPTERA

Suborder:  Zeugloptera

  Superfamily:  Micropterigoidea

     Micropterigidae

 

Suborder:  Aglossata

  Superfamily:  Agathiphagoidea

     Agathiphagidae

 

Suborder:  Heterobathmiina

  Superfamily:  Heterobathmioidea

     Heterobathmiidae

 

Suborder:  Glossata

  Infraorder:  Dacnonypha

    Superfamily:  Eriocranioidea

       Eriocraniidae

       Acanthopteroctetidae

 

  Infraorder:  Lophocoronina

    Superfamily:  Lophocoronoidea

       Lophocoronidae

 

  Infraorder:  Neipseustina

    Superfamily:  Neopseustoidea

       Neopseustidae

 

  Infraorder:  Exoporia

    Superfamily:  Mnesarchaeoidea

       Mnesacharaeidae

 

    Superfamily:  Hepialoidea

       Anomosetidae

       Hepialidae

       Neotheoridae

       Palaeosetidae

       Prototheoridae

 

  Infraorder:  Heteroneura

    Division:  Monotrysia

      Section:  Nepticulina

        Superfamily:  Andesianoidea

           Andesianidae

 

        Superfamily:  Nepticuloidea

           Nepticulidae

           Opostegidae

 

        Superfamily:  Tischerioidea

           Tischeriidae

 

        Superfamily:  Palaephatoidea

           Palaephatidae

 

      Section:  Incurvariina

        Superfamily:  Incurvarioidea

           Incurvariidae

           Cecidosidae

           Prodoxidae

           Adelidae

           Heliozelidae

           Crinopterygidae

 

Divison:  Ditrysia, Section Tineina

    Subsection:  Tineina

      Superfamily:  Tineoidea

        Series:  Tineiformes

           Acrolophidae

           Arrhenophanidae

           Eriocottidae

           Lypusidae

           Psychidae

           Tineidae

 

      

        Series:  Gracillariiformes

           Bucculatricidae

           Douglasiidae

           Gracillariidae

           Roeslerstammiidae

           Schreckensteiniidae

 

      Superfamily:  Gelechioidea

           Agonoxenidae

           Batrachedridae

           Blastobasidae

           Coleophoridae

           Cosmopterigidae

           Elachistidae

           Gelechiidae

           Holcopogonidae

           Lecithoceridae

           Metachandidae

           Momphidae

           Oecophoridae

           Pterolonchidae

           Scythrididae

           Symmocidae

 

      Superfamily:  Copromorphoidea

           Copromorphidae

           Alucitidae

           Carposinidae

           Epermeniidae

       

      Superfamily:  Yponomeutoidea

           Acrolepiidae

           Bedelliidae

           Glyphipterigidae

           Heliodinidae

           Lyonetiidae

           Plutellidae

           Yponomeutidae

           Ypsolophidae

      

      Superfamily:  Immoidea

           Immidae

 

      Superfamily:  Pyraloidea

           Hyblaeidae

           Thyrididae

           Pyralidae

           Crambidae

 

      Superfamily:  Pterophoroidea

           Tineodidae

           Pterophoridae

 

      Superfamily:  Galacticoidea

           Galacticidae

 

      Superfamily:  Simaethistoidea

           Simaethistidae

 

      Superfamily:  Whalleyanoidea

           Whalleyanidae

 

    Subsection:  Sesiina

      Superfamily:  Sesioidea

           Brachodidae

           Sesiidae

           urodidae

           Choreutidae

 

      Superfamily:  Zygaenoidea

           Heterogynidae

           Zygaenidae

           Himantopteridae

           Lacturidae

           Somabrachyidae

           Megalopygidae

           Aididae

           Anomoeotidae

 

  

Section:  Cossina

  Subsection:  Cossina

       Superfamily:  Cossoidea

         Series:  Cossiformes

             Cossidae

             Dugeoneidae

        

         Series Limacodiformes

             Cyclotomidae

             Epipyropidae

             Dalceridae

             Limacodidae

 

       Superfamily:  Castnoidea

            Castniidae

 

       Superfamily:  Tortricoidea

            Tortricidae

 

     Subsection:  Bombycina

       Superfamily:  Calliduloidea

            Callidulidae

 

       Superfamily:  Uranioidea

            Epicopeiidae

            Sematuridae

            Uraniidae

 

       Superfamily:  Geometroidea

            Geometridae

            Hedylidae

 

       Superfamily:  Papilionoidea

          Series:  Hesperiformes

            Hesperiidae

 

          Series Papilioniformes

             Lycaenidae

             Nymphalidae

             Papilionidae

             Pieridae

             Riodinidae

 

       Superfamily:  Drepanoidea

             Drepanidae

 

       Superfamily:  Bombycoidea

             Anthelidae

             Bombycidae

             Brahmaeidae

             Carthaeidae

             Endromidae

             Eupterotidae

             Lasiocampidae

             Lemoniidae

             Mimallonidae

             Mirinidae

             Saturniidae

 

       Superfamily:  Sphingoidea

             Sphingidae

 

       Superfamily:  Noctuoidea

             Arctiidae

             Doidae

             Lymantriidae

             Noctuidae

             Nolidae

             Notodontidae

             Oenosandridae

             Pantheidae

 

Sample Examinations

 

References      Citations

 

Details of Insect Taxonomic Groups

 

          Examples of beneficial species occur in almost every insect order, and considerable information on morphology and habits has been assembled.  Therefore, the principal groups of insect parasitoids and predators provide details that refer to the entire class Insecta.  These details are available at <taxnames.htm>.