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Depressaria daucella (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Marko Mutanen, University of Oulu
Source: Wikimedia Commons


This family contains around 3,000 species of small moths and has a wide distribution. It is particularly well represented in Australia. Several species are considered as agricultural pests like the parsnip webworm, Depressaria pastinacella. Some are storage pests and others are beneficial biological control agents of weeds.

The adult moths have a wing-span of 10-30 mm, with narrow wings. The wing venation is characteristic and the antennae of most species have a basal comb of scales.

The following genera and species are currently entered in the system: