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Family Bombycidae - Silkworm Moths

Spotted Apatelodes - Apatelodes torrefacta Tiger moth caterpillar? - Apatelodes pudefacta Caterpillar - Olceclostera angelica Banded Tussock Moth Caterpillar? - Apatelodes torrefacta Hairy Yellow Caterpillar - Apatelodes torrefacta Moth caterpillar - Apatelodes pudefacta Caterpillar ID Request - Apatelodes torrefacta Is this a Banded Tussock Moth Caterpillar or American Dagger Moth Caterpillar? - Apatelodes torrefacta
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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 Bombycoidea
Family Bombycidae (Silkworm Moths)
Other Common Names
Lappet Moths
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
includes the subfamily Apatelodinae, formerly considered a separate family (Apatelodidae)
Explanation of Names
Apate was a Greek goddess of deceit. She was a daughter (by parthenogenesis!) of Nyx, Night, who was daughter of Chaos. Lodes is Greek (?) for veins, as in lodes of ore. So these are "deceitfully veined" moths? (Based on Internet searches, it makes sense, but this is somewhat speculative.)
6 species in 3 genera in 2 subfamilies in North America
the other subfamily (Bombycinae) is represented by a single species in North America, Bombyx mori
3 species in Canada (CBIF)
wingspan 32-45 mm
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)
Print References
Franclemont, J. G. 1973. The Moths of America North of Mexico. Fascicle 20.1. Mimallonoidea (Mimallonidae) and Bombycoidea (Apatelodidae, Bombycidae,..(2)
Lemaire, C. and J. Minet. 1999. The Bombycoidea and their relatives. Pages 321-353 in: Lepidoptera: Moths and Butterflies. 1. Evolution, Systematics, and Biogeography. Handbook of Zoology. Vol. IV, Part 35. N. P. Kristensen, ed. De Gruyter, Berlin and New York.
Internet References
pinned adult images of three species occurring in Canada (CBIF)
Works Cited
1.Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America
Charles V. Covell, Jr. 2005.
2.The Moths of America North of Mexico. Fascicle 20.1. Mimallonoidea (Mimallonidae) and Bombycoidea.....
J. G. Franclemont. 1973. E.W. Classey Ltd. & R.B.D. Publications Inc.