|Diagnosis: Ocelli present, proboscis unscaled; fw
with Rs4 running to outer margin; fw
inner margin usually with a longitudinal band of pale (brown to
silvery-white) scales. A moth with closed wings when viewed from above
has the silvery ‘diamond back.’
Diversity: Fewer than 100 species worldwide; 20 species in eight
genera in North America; as yet a single species known from North
Checklist numbers: 2347- 2366.
Biology: Larvae are communal web makers on Brassicaceae–
mustards. Boldly patterned pupae are visible inside a loose meshed
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Chapter 11. Lower Ditrysia, pp. 225- 254 in The Lepidoptera:
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