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.)
5 species in 2 genera in North America
2 species in Canada (CBIF
Previously treated as a subfamily of Bombycidae by Lemaire and Minet in 1999. This classification was 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)
. Zwick (2008) reinstated Apatelodidae as a valid family.
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.
Zwick, A. (2008), Molecular phylogeny of Anthelidae and other bombycoid taxa (Lepidoptera: Bombycoidea). Systematic Entomology, 33: 190-209. doi:10.1111/j.1365-3113.2007.00410.x
pinned adult images
of three species occurring in Canada (CBIF)