The Tortricidae are a large family of micro lepidoptera, the only member of the superfamily Tortricodea .
This family has 10,883 species divided into 1111 genera (last updated early 2014). *
Adults of Tortricidae are characterized by a combination of the following characters: rough scaled head; proboscis well developed and not to scale; palpi labials segmented into three parts and generally held horizontally, with a short and blunt apical segment; reduced maxillary palps. ***
The Tortricidae are generally small, with a wingspan of 3 cm or less. ****
The Tortricidae family is divided into three subfamilies: Tortricinae, Olethreutinae and Chlidanotinae. ***
The family has recently been cataloged. ***** Many members of this family are economically important parasites.
Given the high number of species and the few subfamilies, it is the only family, on this site, to be divided also by tribe.
* Tortricidae resouces on the web http://www.tortricidae.com/
*** (Horak 1998), (Horak 2006)
**** Hanson, Paul E. (04-11-2018). Insetti e altri artropodi dell'America tropicale. Cornell University Press. ISBN 978-0-8014-5694-7
***** (Brown 2005)