Peach fruit moth Carposina niponensis, photographed by Jean-Francois Landry.

Belongs within: Apoditrysia.

The Copromorphoidea are a group of small moths characterised by the presence of long curved anterolateral processes on sternite 2 (Nielsen & Common 1991).

Characters (from Nielsen & Common 1991): Small; head smooth scaled; ocelli present or absent; chaetosemata absent; scape without pecten; proboscis naked; maxillary palps small; labial palps usually prominent, recurved or porrect; fore wing often with raised scale-tufts. CuA of hind wing often with pecten; spurs 0-2-4. Larva with two L setae on prothorax, crochets uniordinal, usually in circle; tunnelling in flowers, bark, fruits and galls, sometimes between joined leaves. Pupa without dorsal spines, segments 5-7 movable in male, 5-6 in female, tip with group of hooked setae; not protruded at ecdysis.

    |--Copromorphidae GE05
    |    |--Phycomorpha metachrysa H04
    |    `--Isonomeutis H04
    |         |--I. amauropa H04
    |         `--I. restincta H04
    `--Carposinidae DS73
         |--Heliocosma incongruana P27b
         `--Carposina P27a
              |--C. adreptella L27
              |--C. charaxias P27a
              |--C. exochana L27
              |--C. gonosemana P27b
              |--C. maculosa Philpott 1927 P27a
              `--C. niponensis F04

*Type species of generic name indicated


[DS73] Dickens, M., & E. Storey. 1973. The World of Moths. Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc.: New York.

[F04] Ferrar, P. 2004. Australian entomology: isolated, or in touch with the rest of the world? Australian Journal of Entomology 43 (3): 329-333.

[GE05] Grimaldi, D., & M. S. Engel. 2005. Evolution of the Insects. Cambridge University Press: New York.

[H04] Hoare, R. 2004. The Duke’s Awful Dilemma (or, the DAD). Weta 27: 49-52.

[L27] Lindsay, S. 1927. A list of the Lepidoptera of Deans Bush, Riccarton, Canterbury. Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute 57: 693-696.

Nielsen, E. S., & I. F. B. Common. 1991. Lepidoptera. In: CSIRO. The Insects of Australia, 2nd ed., vol. 2, pp. 817-915. Melbourne University Press.

[P27a] Philpott, A. 1927a. New Zealand Lepidoptera: Notes and descriptions. Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute 57: 703-709.

[P27b] Philpott, A. 1927b. The maxillae in the Lepidoptera. Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute 57: 721-746.

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