Hedylidae

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Hedylidae
Macrosoma bahiata.jpg
Macrosoma bahiata
Scientific classification
Kingdom:
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Division:
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Superfamily:
Hedyloidea

Scoble, 1986
Family:
Hedylidae

Guenée, 1857, nec. Bergh, 1895
Genus:
Macrosoma

Hübner, 1818
Type species
Macrosoma tipulata Hübner, 1818
Genera and synonymy

Macrosoma Hübner, 1818

  • =Epirrita Hübner, 1808 [unavailable name]
  • =Hedyle Guenée, 1857, type species Hedyle heliconiaria Guenée, 1857
  • =Phellinodes Guenée, 1857, type species Phellinodes satellitiata Guenée, 1857
  • =Venodes Guenée, 1857, type species Phellinodes satellitiata Guenée, 1857
  • =Macrophila Walker, 1862, type species Macrosoma tipulata Hübner, 1818
  • =Hyphedyle Warren, 1894, type species Hedyle rubedinaria Walker, 1862
  • =Lasiopates Warren, 1905, type species Lasiopates hyacinthina Warren, 1905
Diversity
35 currently recognised species

Hedylidae is a family of insects in the lepidopteran order, They are also called the "American moth-butterflies". Butterflies evolved from moths, and this group is rather moth-like.

They are living sister group to the butterfly superfamily Papilionoidea. In 1986, Scoble combined all 35 species into a single genus Macrosoma. They are all entirely neotropical species from central and southern America and the Caribbean.[1]

DNA sequence analysis of this group continues.

References[change | change source]

  1. Scoble MJ (1986). "The structure and affinities of the Hedyloidea: a new concept of the butterflies". Bull. Brit. Mus. (nat. Hist.) (Ent.) 53: 251–286.