Hedylidae

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Hedylidae
Macrosoma bahiata.jpg
Macrosoma bahiata
Scientific classification
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Superfamily:
Hedyloidea
Family:
Hedylidae
Genus:
Macrosoma

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.