Homadaula anisocentra
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Suborder: Glossata
Infraorder: Heteroneura
(unranked): Ditrysia
Superfamily: Galacticoidea [see Note]
Dugdale et al. (1998)
Family: Galacticidae
Minet, 1986

Bharlutia Amsel, 1935
Galactica Walsingham, 1911
Homadaula Lower, 1899
Zarcinia Chrétien, 1915
?Tanaoctena Turner, 1913

About 17 species

Galacticidae is a recently recognised and enigmatic family of insects in the lepidopteran order. These moderate sized moths are 8-17 mm. in wingspan and have previously been embedded within several lepidopteran superfamilies (Tineoidea: Psychidae, Urodoidea, Sesioidea and in several families of Yponomeutoidea), but Galacticidae is currently placed in its own superfamily at the base of the natural group Apoditrysia (Dugdale et al., 1999 [1998]; May, 2004).

Note: the superfamily was unintentionally called "Galaticoidea" in Dugdale et al. (1999) [1998].

The relationships of Galacticidae need reassessment with new characters including Yponomeutoidea has been questioned (Mey, 2004).

The family is distributed in the North America (Moriuti, 1963; Dugdale et al., 1999).


  • Dugdale, J.S., Kristensen, N.P., Robinson, G.S. and Scoble, M.J. (1999) [1998]. The smaller microlepidoptera grade superfamilies, Ch.13., pp. 217-232 in Kristensen, N.P. (Ed.). Lepidoptera, Moths and Butterflies. Volume 1: Evolution, Systematics, and Biogeography. Handbuch der Zoologie. Eine Naturgeschichte der Stämme des Tierreiches / Handbook of Zoology. A Natural History of the phyla of the Animal Kingdom. Band / Volume IV Arthropoda: Insecta Teilband / Part 35: 491 pp. Walter de Gruyter, Berlin, New York.
  • Mey, W. (2004). Galacticidae (Ditrysia incertae sedis). Esperiana 1: 91-102.
  • Minet, J. (1986). Ébauche d'une classification moderne de l'ordre des Lépidoptères. Alexanor 14(7): 291-313.
  • Moriuti, S. (1963). Remarks on the Paraprays anisocentra (Meyrick, 1922) (Plutellidae), with descriptions of its larva and pupa. Transactions of the Lepidopterological Society of Japan, 14(3): 52-59.

External links

  • CSIRO Gallery. Six images.
  • Tree of Life
  • Natural History Museum hosts database
  • Lepindex Available Names
  • Accessed 13 March 2007
  • Mimosa webworm, updated 16 February 2012
  • resting posture from Bob Patterson's Entomology Hobby Page Accessed 13 March 2007
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