Ochsenheimeria taurella, Crete- photo © Jef DocX
The Family Ypsolophidae (Ypsolophid Moths)
The Family Ypsolophidae
The Ypsolophidae (Ypsolophid moths) is a family of moths that are members of the Superfamily Yponomeutoidea. With around 160 species they are included in the Plutellidae by many authors.
They are relatively broad-winged moths, mostly larger than Plutellids. Several species are markedly variable in forewing color patterns.
Larvae are very active and react by rapid wriggling when disturbed. They are specialist feeders in new spring foliage on a wide variety of shrubs and trees, typically in a weak silken shelter. Pupation occurs in dense, envelope-like cocoons.
The following species are representative species of the Ypsolophidae moths that have been photographed on the island of Crete. You can obtain more information about each species, by selecting the relative species icon. The list of Ypsolophidae species is nondefinitive.