Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Apatelodinae Neumoegen & Dyar, 1894
* formerly considered a separate family (Apatelodidae); now one of two subfamilies of Bombycidae in North America, and four subfamilies in the world
Explanation of Names
Apatelodinae from the type genus Apatelodes (Packard), meaning "resembles Apatela (Stephens)." Packard described the larvae as bearing a "striking resemblance to Apatela americana" (now Acronicta americana).
5 species in 2 genera in North America. 2 species in Canada (CBIF
The former family Apatelodidae was included as a subfamily (Apatelodinae) within Bombycidae by Lemaire and Minet in 1999. This classification is followed by Moths of Canada
and Charles Covell on page xiii of the 2005 edition of A Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America (1)
Lemaire, C. and J. Minet. 1999. The Bombycoidea and their relatives. Pages 321-353 in: Kristensen, N.P. (ed.) Lepidoptera: Moths and Butterflies. 1. Evolution, Systematics, and Biogeography. Handbook of Zoology. Vol. IV, Part 35. De Gruyter, Berlin and New York.
pinned adult images
of both species occurring in Canada (CBIF)
and synonym (ITIS)
of Bombycidae, showing four subfamilies worldwide (Tree of Life)