Butterflies and moths
| Esperia sulphurella, Butterflies and moths, Alabonia, Esperia oliviella, Alabonia geoffrella|
Esperia is a genus of the concealer moth family (Oecophoridae). Among these, it belongs to subfamily Oecophorinae. Most authors include Dasycera here, though approaches that generally follow a "splitting" approach sometimes do not.
The type species of Esperia (originally described as Tinea orbonella, now E. sulphurella) has some differences versus the type species of Dasycera (originally described as T. aemulella, now E. oliviella), but these are slight and at present it is not determined whether they justify the maintenance of two small genera versus a more comprehensive genus containing two subgenera.
Esperia (moth) Wikipedia
Species of Esperia (including Dasycera) include:Esperia imitatrix (Zeller, 1847)
Esperia krueperella (Staudinger, 1871)
Invalid scientific names (junior synonyms and others) of Esperia are:Dasycera Stephens 1829 (but see above)
Dasycerus Haworth 1828 (non Brongniart, 1800: preoccupied)
Gnaphalodeocera Agassiz, 1847 (unjustified emendation)
Gnaphalodocera Blanchard, 1840
Hermiona Blanchard, 1845
Stenoptera Duponchel, 1838