Glyphipterigidae, Stainton, 1854

Pohl, Greg, Anweiler, Gary, Schmidt, Christian & Kondla, Norbert, 2010, An annotated list of the Lepidoptera of Alberta, Canada, ZooKeys 38 (38), pp. 1-549: 65

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21. Glyphipterigidae  – sedge moths

Small (10–20 mm wingspan) moths, usually with metallic greenish forewings with white and silver marks. Adults of most species are diurnal. Larvae of most species are stem borers or leafminers in monocots; a few feed on dicots.

A total of 384 species of glyphipterigids are known worldwide, primarily from the tropics. Forty species are known in North America, and four of these have been reported from AB. Heppner (1985) revised the family for North America; four species from southeastern United States have been added since then. Before the work of Heppner (1985), the family Glyphipterigidae  had been a heterogeneous assemblage of diurnal species that have now been assigned to 25 different families. Th e group was often associated with the Choreutoidea and Copromorphoidea in earlier works, but is now recognized as belonging to the Yponomeutoidea.