Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Suborder: Glossata
Infraorder: Heteroneura
(unranked): Ditrysia
Superfamily: Cimelioidea
Family: Cimeliidae
Chrétien, 1916


  • Axiidae Rebel, 1919

Cimeliidae or the "Gold moths" (formerly known as Axiidae[1]) is a family of moths whose precise relationships within the Macrolepidoptera are currently uncertain, but they currently represent the only family in a recently recognized superfamily whose nearest relatives include the butterflies, Calliduloidea, Drepanoidea, Geometroidea, Bombycoidea, Mimallonoidea and Lasiocampoidea, and the Noctuoidea. Uniquely, they have a pair of pocket-like organs on the seventh abdominal spiracle of the adult moth[2] which are only possibly sound receptive organs.[3] They are quite large and brightly coloured moths that occur only in Southern Europe and feed on species of Euphorbia. Sometimes they are attracted to light.[2]

Further reading


  • Yen, S.-H.; Minet, J. 2007: Cimelioidea: a new superfamily name for the gold moths (Lepidoptera: Glossata). Zoological studies, 46(3): 262-271. [1]

External links

  • Tree of Life
  • Axiidae
  • Aracnet Image

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