Batrachedridae, Heinemann & Wocke, 1876

Pohl, Greg, Anweiler, Gary, Schmidt, Christian & Kondla, Norbert, 2010, An annotated list of the Lepidoptera of Alberta, Canada, ZooKeys 38 (38), pp. 1-549: 74

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28. Batrachedridae  – batrachedrid moths

Small (10–15 mm wingspan) narrow-winged moths. At rest, adults hold their wings tightly wrapped about the body. They are similar superficially to the Gracillariidae  and the Coleophoridae  . Larvae feed on flowers or seeds, or mine in needles, galls, or leaves. The family Batrachedridae  has been traditionally placed as a subfamily of either the Momphidae  or the Coleophoridae  , but was given family status by Hodges (1999a). Approximately 100 species are known worldwide. Twenty-four species are known in North America; one of these is reported in AB. Hodges (1966a) revised the family for the New World and covered all but two Nearctic species.