Batrachedra is the largest genus in the moth family Batrachedridae, with representatives all over the world. The early stages of most species are unknown.[2] The genus name is derived from the Greek words batrachos, 'frog', and edra, 'seat', referring to the frog-like resting posture of the adult moths.[3][4] As of 2018 at least some 114 species are known to belong to the genus.[5]

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Batrachedra praeangusta
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Batrachedridae
Genus: Batrachedra
Herrich-Schäffer, 1853[1]

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  • Eustaintonia Spuler, 1910


There are only three species found in Europe.[6] There is an especially high amount of biodiversity in the Indomalayan realm.[citation needed]


Of most species little is known about the ecology, but of those of which it is known, the caterpillars across the genus use a large variety of host plants. At least two mine within pine or spruce needles, one is found respectively on Cyperaceae, Juncaceae, Salix and Populus, one is a pest of pineapples, another a pest of Agave, one feeds on the fruit of Smilax china and another on types of palms from Brazil.[5][7]


The genus contains the following species:[8]

Selected former speciesEdit


  1. ^ Revised Checklist of Batrachedridae in Neotropical Region
  2. ^ Emmet, A Maitland; Langmaid, John R; Bland, K P; Fletcher, D S; Harley, B H; Robinson, G S; Skinner, Bernard; Tremewan, W G, eds. (2002). The Moths and Butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland. Volume 4, Part 1. Colchester: Harley Books. p. 202. ISBN 0-946589-66-6.
  3. ^ Hoare, Robert J. B. (2014). A photographic guide to moths & butterflies of New Zealand. Ball, Olivier. Auckland: New Holland Publishers. p. 37. ISBN 9781869663995. OCLC 891672034.
  4. ^ Zimmerman, Elwood C. (1978). Insects of Hawaii (PDF). 9 Microlepidoptera. Honolulu: The University Press of Hawaii. pp. 1003–1015.
  5. ^ a b Savela, Markku (30 December 2018). "Batrachedra". Lepidoptera and some other life forms. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  6. ^ "Batrachedra Herrich-Schäffer, 1853". Fauna Europaea. Fauna Europaea Secretariat, Museum für Naturkunde Leibniz & Institut für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  7. ^ Hodges, Ronald W. (December 1966). "Review of New World Species of Batrachedra, with Description of Three New Genera (Lepidoptera: Gelechioidea)". Transactions of the American Entomological Society. 92 (4): 585–651. JSTOR 25077925.
  8. ^ Natural History Museum Lepidoptera Generic Names Catalog

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