Schreckensteiniidae, Fletcher, 1929

Pohl, Greg, Anweiler, Gary, Schmidt, Christian & Kondla, Norbert, 2010, An annotated list of the Lepidoptera of Alberta, Canada, ZooKeys 38 (38), pp. 1-549: 132

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39. Schreckensteiniidae  – bristle-legged moths

Small (10–15 mm wingspan) moths with narrow wings. Th ey can be separated from other small, narrow-winged moths by the presence of large spines on the dorsal surface of the metatibia. Th ey have a characteristic pose in which the hind legs are elevated. This family has been variously placed in the Yponomeutoidea or Copromorphoidea; it is likely allied with the Epermenioidea but its exact placement is unresolved (Dugdale et al. 1999). Larvae are external feeders on a number of plants.

This is a small family (8 species, restricted to the Holarctic and Neotropical regions), with three species known in North America. One of these has been recently discovered in AB ( Pohl et al. 2005). All three North American species were covered by Forbes (1923).

786 * R H Schreckensteinia festaliella Hübner, 1818  May – Jun m B g Blackberry Skeletonizer

T: Forbes (1923)

L: Pohl et al. (2005) C: NFRC