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Genus Atteva

Ailanthus Webworm Moth - Atteva aurea Ailanthus Webworm - Atteva aurea Ailanthus Webworm Moth - Atteva aurea Ailanthus Webworm Moth - Atteva aurea Moth sp.? - Atteva aurea Unknown bug on Kidneywood tree (Eysenhardtia texana) - Atteva aurea  Ailanthus Webworm Moth - Hodges#2401 (Atteva aurea) - Atteva aurea Caterpillar - Atteva aurea
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Yponomeutoidea (Ermine Moths and kin)
Family Attevidae (Tropical Ermine Moths)
Genus Atteva
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Atteva Walker, 1854
Formerly placed in a separate family (Attevidae) by some authors; recent consensus of three taxonomists places the genus in the family Yponomeutidae (Butterflies & Moths of the World)
However: It has sometimes been considered a subfamily (Attevinae) of Yponomeutidae; recent analyses have restored it to a full family.
Explanation of Names
Origin unclear. Speculation: perhaps from Modern English (though obsolete, and dialectical) atter, that from Old English aettor poison, pus (1) (Wiktionary--atter), plus Greek suffix eu (or ev) good, well (2), with an adjectival ending -a. (English atter poison is not related to adder, the snake, incidentally.) This seems semi-plausible, given that the author of the genus was English.
Numbers
1 species in North America (3), Atteva aurea (formerly punctella)
the only species in this genus in North America listed at All-Leps. There may be a different species in southern Florida, Atteva floridana
Print References
Borror, entry for ev (2)
The Century Dictionary--entry for atter (and incidentally, adder) (1)