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Apatelodes torrefacta.jpg
Apatelodes torrefacta
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Bombycoidea
Family: Apatelodidae
Neumoegen & Dyar, 1894


Apatelodidae, the American silkworm moths, is a family of insects in the order Lepidoptera. They are a family within the superfamily Bombycoidea.[1][2]


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


The family consists of about 17 genera and about 250 species.


There is only one subfamily (Apatelodinae) with the removal of the Phiditiidae as a separate family, and the more recently-resolved placement of Epiinae; historically, Apatelodinae, Epiinae, and Phiditiinae were all placed in the Bombycidae.


  1. ^ Zwick, Andreas; Regier, Jerome C.; Mitter, Charles; Cummings, Michael P. (2010-09-30). "Increased gene sampling yields robust support for higher-level clades within Bombycoidea (Lepidoptera)". Systematic Entomology. 36: 31–43. doi:10.1111/j.1365-3113.2010.00543.x.
  2. ^ Kitching I, Rougerie R, Zwick A, Hamilton C, St Laurent R, Naumann S, Ballesteros Mejia L, Kawahara A (2018) A global checklist of the Bombycoidea (Insecta: Lepidoptera). Biodiversity Data Journal 6: e22236. https://doi.org/10.3897/BDJ.6.e22236

External links[edit]

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