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Family Ypsolophidae

Honeysuckle Moth caterpillar - Ypsolopha dentella Honeysuckle Moth caterpillar - Ypsolopha dentella caterpillar - Ypsolopha dentella caterpillar - Ypsolopha dentella i suspected this to be Pleromelloida conserta, but it pupated at a very small size so now i have no clue.  Hope it will rear out - Ypsolopha canariella i suspected this to be Pleromelloida conserta, but it pupated overnight at a very small size. - Ypsolopha canariella this snowberry plant is where i collected the larvae - Ypsolopha canariella
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
No Taxon (Moths)
Superfamily Yponomeutoidea
Family Ypsolophidae
about 50 species in North America limited to the genus Ypsolopha (1)
Adults - small with fairly broad forewings, hooked at the tip; at rest, the hooked tips project upward, giving a "duck-tailed" profile

Larvae - very active and react by rapid wiggling when disturbed (1)
much of North America and southern Canada
also represented throughout Eurasia
adults fly in summer
specialist feeders of new spring folliage on a variety of shrubs and trees (1)
Life Cycle
typically feed from a weak silken shelter and pupate in a dense, envelope-like cocoon (1)
Ypsolophidae was treated as a family by Dugdale et al (1999) in Kristensen N.P. (editor) Lepidoptera: Moths and butterflies. Volume 1: Evolution, systematics and biogeography. Handbook of Zoology. Walter de Gruyter. Berlin/New York.
Internet References
live adult images of Ypsolopha dentella (Lynn Scott, Ontario)
pinned adult image of Ypsolopha dentella (Kimmo and Seppo Silvonen, Finland)
live larva image of Ypsolopha dentella (Ben Smart, UK Moths)
classification of genus Ypsolopha in family Ypsolophidae (Brian Pitkin et al, Butterflies & Moths of the World)
Works Cited
1.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.