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Family Bombycidae - Silkworm Moths

Moth at light - Apatelodes pudefacta What moth? - Olceclostera angelica The Angel - Olceclostera angelica moth01 120702 - Apatelodes torrefacta Silkworm Moth - Olceclostera angelica Apatelodes torrefacta Apatelodes torrefacta What moth species? - Olceclostera angelica
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Bombycoidea (Silkworm, Sphinx, and Royal Moths)
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
From the type genus Bombyx, Greek meaning "silkworm." (1)
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 (2)
Print References
Franclemont, J.G. 1973. The Moths of America North of Mexico. Fascicle 20.1. Mimallonoidea (Mimallonidae) and Bombycoidea (Apatelodidae, Bombycidae,..(3)
Lemaire, C. & 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.An accentuated list of the British Lepidoptera, with hints on the derivation of the names.
Anonymous. 1858. The Entomological Societies of Oxford and Cambridge.
2.Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America
Charles V. Covell, Jr. 2005.
3.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.