Heinemann & Wocke, 1876

The Cosmopterigidae are a cosmopolitan family of microlepidoptera. These are small moths with narrow and elongated wings whose larvae feed inside the leaves, seeds and stems, of their host plants (so-called miners), some species are fungivores. Some species are scavengers or predators on scale insects. *

There are over 1,500 known species all over the world, having diversified taxonomy mainly in the Australian region and with approximately 780 species (Heppner, 1991) . Characteristic of many members of the family are the palps, particularly long and curved.
Hodges (1978) reviewed the family for North America; since then three other species have been recognized or reported.

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