Apatelodidae

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Apatelodidae
Apatelodes torrefacta
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
(unranked): Macrolepidoptera
Superfamily: Bombycoidea
Family: Apatelodidae
Neumoegen & Dyar, 1894
Synonyms

Apatelodinae

Apatelodidae, the American silkworm moths, is a family of insects in the order Lepidoptera. They belong to the hawkmoth, silkworm and relatives superfamily Bombycoidea.[1]

Distribution[edit]

Species are exclusively found in the New World, with the highest diversity in the Neotropical ecozone.

Diversity[edit]

The family consists of about 10 genera and about 150 species.

Taxonomy[edit]

There are two to three subfamilies, depending on the position of the Phiditiinae, which is either included in the Apatelodidae or treated as a separate family. Some researchers still consider the family part of Bombycidae, where it was traditionally included.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  • ACG Page of images of Apatelodidae from Area de Conservación Guanacaste, Costa Rica.