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Genus Apatelodes

Common name? - Apatelodes torrefacta Moth - Apatelodes pudefacta Spotted Apatelodes - Apatelodes torrefacta Moth - Apatelodes torrefacta Apatelodes torrefacta for AL for April? - Apatelodes torrefacta Unknown moth - Apatelodes torrefacta Moth, Spotted Apatelodes  - Apatelodes torrefacta Apatelodes torrefacta - Spotted Apatelodes - Apatelodes torrefacta
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Bombycoidea (Silkworm, Sphinx, and Royal Moths)
Family Apatelodidae (American Silkworm Moths)
Subfamily Apatelodinae
Genus Apatelodes
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
First described in 1864 by Alpheus Spring Packard
Explanation of Names
From Apatela, an old name for the genus Acronycta + the suffix -odes (Greek -ωδης: a variation on -oides -οιδης)- "looking like, resembling".
From the original description: "This genus in its larval stage, judging from Abbot's drawing, bears a striking resemblance to the larva of Apatela americana, which has suggested the generic name" (Apatela americana is an old name for Acronicta americana).
Numbers
Three species in our area. Only torrefacta is widespread.
Size
wingspan 32-45 mm
Range
A. torrefacta is found in eastern North America. A. pudefacta is found in the southwestern US, apparently.
Internet References
Moths of SE Arizona -- pinned adult images of A. pudefacta
classification in family Bombycidae, subfamily Apatelodinae (Brian Pitkin, Butterflies and Moths of the World)
Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Philadelphia, v.3, p.353    Packard's original description of the genus.