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36a0034 – 2401   Atteva aurea (Fitch, 1856)
             Ailanthus Webworm

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Synonymy: Deiopeia aurea Fitch, 1856
Poeciloptera compta Clemens, 1861
Atteva edithella Busck, 1908
Atteva ergatica Walsingham, 1914
Atteva exquisita Busck, 1912
Oeta floridana Neumögen, 1891
Atteva microsticta Walsingham, 1914
Phalaena punctella of authors not Stoll, 1782
Taxonomic Notes: Atteva aurea (Fitch, 1856) includes as a synonym Atteva punctella of authors; (not Stoll, 1782); A. floridana is returned to synonymy of aurea, ZooKeys, 46: 41-60.
(Atteva punctella, a species not found north of Central America, is a homonym of Phalaena punctella Linnaeus, 1761, and is replaced by pustulella (Fabricius), ZooKeys, 46: 41-60)
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Becker, V.O., 2009. A review of the New World Atteva Walker moths (Yponomeutidae, Attevinae). Revista Brasileira de Entomologia, 53(3): 349-355.
  • Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America, Pl. 10.42m; p. 105. Book Review and ordering
  • Species Page at Block Island Moths
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Species Page at Mass Moths
  • Species page at Moths of North Dakota.
  • Wilson, J., J.-F. Landry, D. Janzen, W. Hallwachs, V. Nazari, M. Hajibabaei & P. Hebert, 2010. Identity of the ailanthus webworm moth (Lepidoptera, Yponomeutidae), a complex of two species: evidence from DNA barcoding, morphology and ecology. ZooKeys, 46: 41-60.
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