; subclass Pterygota, order Lepidoptera)
Large family of butterflies in which the wings are short compared with the large head and body. In contrast with other butterflies, the antennae are widely separated basally. The antennae are often clubbed, and extend into a short point terminally. The larvae are generally grass-feeders. The family has a wide distribution, but is absent from New Zealand.
Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.