Tineodidae - Uncovering Gondwana

Tineodidae (false-plume moths) are sometimes included within the Alucitidae but according to a recent review by Charles Mitter and colleagues (2017) both families, representing only about 235 species, are the sole members of the Alucitoidea superfamily. These are small moths with wingspans around 10-20 mm with probably only 20 species  known world wide. They are thought to have originated in Australia where they are most diverse. Most Tineodidae larvae seem to be leaf miners.

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