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Species Yponomeuta multipunctella - American Ermine Moth - Hodges#2420

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Yponomeutoidea (Ermine Moths and kin)
Family Yponomeutidae (Ermine Moths)
Subfamily Yponomeutinae
Genus Yponomeuta
Species multipunctella (American Ermine Moth - Hodges#2420)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Yponomeuta multipunctella (Clemens, 1860)
Hyponomeuta multipunctella Clemens, 1860
Hyponomeuta euonymella Chambers, 1872
Hyponomeuta leucothorax Meyrick, 1913
Hyponomeuta orbimaculella Chambers, 1873
Hyponomeuta ordinatella Walker, 1863
Hyponomeuta semialba Meyrick, 1913
wingspan 20-25 mm
Adult: forewing white with three or four longitudinal rows of round black spots (usually more than 40 spots on each wing); hindwing mostly white; legs completely white
southeastern Canada and eastern half of United States
woodlots, parks, gardens, suburban yards
adults fly in June and July
larvae feed on Euonymus spp.
Life Cycle
larvae construct communal webs among the foliage of Nannyberry and Highbush Cranberry (Viburnum spp.) and Euonymus plants
Adults of this species are abundant from late-June to mid-July in southern Ontario, where the larval host plant is presumably Running Strawberry-bush (Euonymus obovata), a low trailing shrub that forms much of the ground cover in woodlots throughout the region.
See Also
Streaked Ethmia (Ethmia longimaculella) forewing has elongated black streaks, not round black spots, and its legs are banded black-and-white, not completely white; the Streaked Ethmia also has a chunkier body and appears two or three weeks earlier in the season than the American Ermine
Orchard Ermine Moth (Y. padella) has less than 30 spots on forewing
Print References
Clemens, 1860: 8. (1)
Meyrick, E., 1913. Exotic Microlepidoptera, 1: 139. (Y. semialba description)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - photos of live and pinned adults.
BOLD - species account with photos of pinned adults and DNA sequence
live adult images (Dean Edwards, Tennessee)
adult images (Larry Line, Maryland)
Works Cited
1.Contributions to American lepidopterology
Clemens, B. 1860. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 12: 4–15, 156–174, 203–221, 345–362, 522–547.