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Family Yponomeutidae - Ermine Moths

Yponomeuta multipunctella Micromoth sp. Pine Needle Sheath Miner Moth - Zelleria haimbachi Pine Needle Sheathminer Moth  - Zelleria haimbachi American ermine moth Hodges #2420 - Yponomeuta Yponomeutidae: Euhyponomeutoides gracilariella - Euhyponomeutoides gracilariella Yponomeuta multipunctella - American Ermine Moth - Hodges#2420 - Yponomeuta multipunctella moth
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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 Yponomeutidae (Ermine Moths)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Yponomeutidae Stephens, 1829 (Wikipedia--Ermine moth)
Explanation of Names
Family is named for genus Yponomeuta Latreille, 1796. That name was apparently a typographic error (!) for Hyponomeuta (1). That would be a combination of Greek prefix hypo under, plus nomeuta (unknown, perhaps from Greek pno air; breathing, plus meuta?) (2). Genus Hyponomeuta was apparently used as a name at a later date (Internet searches).
Common name ermine moths apparently refers to resemblance of some species in Yponomeuta (white with black dots) to the winter coat of the mammalian Ermine:
Life Cycle
Larvae are leaf-webbers, leaf skeletonizers, leafminers or needleminers
Overwinter as eggs on trees.(3)
Print References
Borror, entries for hypo, pno (2)
Lockwood, p. 152--discusses typographic origin of the family name Yponomeutidae (1)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Locust: The Devastating Rise And Mysterious Disappearance Of The Insect That Shaped The American Frontier
Jeffrey A. Lockwood. 2004. Basic Books.
2.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
3.Hidden Company that Trees Keep: Life from Treetops to Root Tips
James B. Nardi. 2023. Princeton University Press.