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Genus Acrolepiopsis

Pre-tort moth - Acrolepiopsis leucoscia  2491 ?? - Acrolepiopsis leucoscia caterpillar - cocoon - Acrolepiopsis heppneri Acrolepiopsis heppneri (likely) - Acrolepiopsis heppneri An Acrolepiopsis sp. - Acrolepiopsis assectella Acrolepiopsis assectella Acrolepiopsis assectella A. heppneri ex Smilax rotundifolia - Acrolepiopsis heppneri
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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 Glyphipterigidae (Sedge and False Diamondback Moths)
Subfamily Acrolepiinae (False Diamondback Moths)
Genus Acrolepiopsis
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
formerly included in family Plutellidae
7 species in North America listed at All-Leps
patchy distribution throughout United States and southern Canada; some species have a very restricted range
A. assectella: Ottawa area (Ontario) and adjacent part of Quebec. Non-native.
A. californica: west coast states
A. heppneri: New Hampshire, Connecticut, North Carolina, Illinois
A. incertella: New Hampshire to Florida, west to Texas and Illinois
A. leucoscia: Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, Texas, probably northern Mexico
A. liliivora: California, Oregon, Alberta
A. reticulosa: Wyoming
larvae feed on monocots such as greenbrier or carrionflower (Smilax spp.), onion (Allium spp.), and lily (Lilium spp.)
Print References
Landry, J.-F., 2007. Taxonomic review of the leek moth genus Acrolepiopsis (Lepidoptera: Acrolepiidae) in North America. The Canadian Entomologist, 139(3): 319-353.
Internet References
pinned adult images of 4 species, plus collection site maps (All-Leps)
photos and species accounts of 4 species (Steve Harrison, Illinois)
The Leek Moth; PDF doc (Richard Dunkle, USDA)