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Subfamily Acrolepiinae - False Diamondback Moths

micro - Acrolepiopsis incertella Acrolepiopsis heppneri (likely) - Acrolepiopsis heppneri An Acrolepiopsis sp. - Acrolepiopsis assectella Carrionflower Moth - Acrolepiopsis incertella Unk moth - Tort? - Acrolepiopsis Acrolepiopsis assectella eggs - Acrolepiopsis assectella Acrolepiopsis sp. - Acrolepiopsis leucoscia - male Acrolepiopsis sp. - Acrolepiopsis leucoscia - male
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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)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Formerly included in family Plutellidae or considered a full family (Acrolepiidae); now a subfamily of Glyphipterigidae (Sohn et al. 2013).
9 species in 3 genera in North America listed at All-Leps
patchy distribution throughout United States and southern Canada; some species have a very restricted range
The 7 species of Acrolepiopsis are distributed as follows:
A. assectella: Ottawa area (Ontario) and adjacent part of Quebec
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
Some information from this guide page was taken from the Acrolepiidae page created by John & Jane Balaban and Robin McLeod.
Print References
Sohn et al. 2013. A Molecular Phylogeny for Yponomeutoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera, Ditrysia) and Its Implications for Classification, Biogeography and the Evolution of Host Plant Use. PLoS One. 8(1): e55066.
Internet References
pinned adult images of 4 species of Acrolepiopsis and collection site maps (All-Leps)
photos and species accounts of 4 species of Acrolepiopsis (Terry Harrison, Illinois)
The Leek Moth; PDF doc (Richard Dunkle, USDA)