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Genus Ypsolopha

long thin moth - Ypsolopha dentella Unknown moth - Ypsolopha cervella moth - Ypsolopha dentella Twirler Moth - Ypsolopha Ypsolophidae? - Ypsolopha Ermine Moth - Ypsolopha Ypsolopha unicipunctella? - Ypsolopha Ypsolopha cockerella
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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 Ypsolophidae
Genus Ypsolopha
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Ypsolopha Latreille, [1796]
* placed by some authors in the family Plutellidae, or in the family Yponomeutidae (subfamily Plutellinae)
Explanation of Names
ypsil, -o is Greek for Y-shaped
loph is Greek for a crest or tuft (1)
Small moths with fairly broad forewings, hooked at the tip; at rest, the hooked tips project upward, giving a "duck-tailed" profile.
Much of North America and southern Canada. Also represented throughout Eurasia.
Larvae feed on leaves of various shrubs and trees.
Print References
Busck, 1903. (key to species) (2)
Busck, 1906. (key to species) (3)
Internet References
live adult images of Y. dentella (Lynn Scott, Ontario)
live larva image of Y. cervella plus description, food plant, and seasonality (Jeffrey Miller, Caterpillars of Pacific Northwest Forests and Woodlands; USGS)
live larva image of Y. dentella (Ben Smart, UK Moths)
classification of genus Ypsolopha in family Ypsolophidae (Brian Pitkin et al, Butterflies & Moths of the World)
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.Notes on the Cerostoma group of Yponomeutidae, with descriptions of new North American species
August Busck. 1903. Journal of the New York Entomological Society, 11: 45-59.
3.Description of American moths of the genus Cerostoma
Busck, A. 1906. Entomological News, and Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 17; 96-99.