Keys to Subfamilies of Gelechiidae

(Adapted from R.W. Hodges, 1999)

1
Juxta present; hindwing with median area lacking broad scales, appearing transparent
Physoptilinae
Juxta absent; hindwing normally scaled
2
2
Abdominal sternum 2 with a pair of venulae; forewing usually with CuA1 and CuA2 stalked and directed posteriorly from end of cell; female with secondary bursa arising from corpus bursae; pupa with raised, setose, mesial or submesial prominences on opposing margins of terga 1/2, 2/3, and 3/4
Dichomeridinae
Abdominal sternum 2 with a pair of venulae and a pair of apodemes or a pair of apodemes (if a pair of venulae only, then forewing with CuA1 and CuA2 separate); female; lacking secondary bursa from corpus bursae; pupal terga without prominences
3
3
Abdominal sternum 2 with a pair of venulae and a pair of apodemes (apodemes very short in Anacampsis group); antenna usually without pecten (some Aristotelia, Bryotropha, Metzneria, Monochroa with pecten usually a single, slender scale, Apatetris group with full pecten of broader scales)
Gelechiinae
Abdominal sternum 2 with a pair of apodemes only; antenna often with a pecten of several slender scales
Pexicopiinae