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Title: Cosmopterigidae  
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Subject: Momphidae, Anatrachyntis badia, Anatrachyntis rileyi, Ithome concolorella, Anatrachyntis incertulella
Collection: Cosmopterigidae, Gelechioidea, Moth Families
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Cosmet moths
Upperwings of some Hyposmocoma from the Hawaiian Islands
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Gelechioidea
Family: Cosmopterigidae
Heinemann & Wocke, 1876
  • Cosmopterygidae
  • Diplosaridae Meyrick, 1915
  • Hyposmocomidae Hampson, 1918

Cosmopterigidae (cosmet moths) is a family of insects in the Lepidoptera order. These are small moths with narrow wings whose tiny larvae feed internally on the leaves, seeds, stems, etc. of their host plants. There are about 1500 described species. The taxonomic family is most diverse in the Australian and Pacific region with about 780 species.

Several genera formerly included here have turned out to be Agonoxeninae.


The family consists of three subfamilies and the following genera.

Selected former genera

External links

  • Cosmopterigidae
  • Revised Checklist of Cosmopterigidae in Neotropical Region
  • Revised Checklist of Cosmopterigidae in America north of Mexico
  • Cosmopterigidae at Fauna Europaea
  • Family Classification
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