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Gelechioidea (Superfamily) Curved-horn moths

Kingdom:   Animalia
Phylum:     Arthropoda
Class:        Insecta
Order:       Lepidoptera
Suborder:   Glossata
Infraorder: Heteroneura
Division:    Ditrysia
Superfamily:       Gelechioidea
Diversity: 18 families 
Common name: Curved horn moths

The name "curved-horn moths" refers to one of the few conspicuous features found in (almost) all Gelechioidea. The labial palps are well-developed (though not thickened), and form more or less gently curved protrusions whose end has a drawn-out, pointed tip. Labial palps are the mustache-like scaly mouthparts of adult moths and butterflies that are on each side of the proboscis. These palps are covered with sensory hairs and scales, and test whether something is food or not.
The Gelechioidea moths vary extensively in habitus (form and structure); most have small hindwings with long, hairy fringes, though these are not easily seen in the living animal as they are tucked under the forewings at rest. The body is usually quite compressed, either dorsoventrally or laterally.