Sunday, November 09, 2008

Silkworm Moths of Berrien County, Michigan

The known silkworm moths (Family Bombycidae) of Berrien County, as documented in Sherman Moore's (1955) Annotated List of the Moths of Michigan (.pdf), consist of just 2 species (representing 1 subfamily and 2 genera). These are medium-sized moths with a wingspread of about 2.0 inches.

The silkworm moths of Berrien County represent 33.3 percent of the 6 species known from the U.S. and Canada and 2 percent of the approximately 100 species known worldwide.

Taxonomic classification and scientific names follow the All-Leps North American Checklist, while common names are from the BugGuide. An asterisk denotes a species documented from Berrien County by Moore:
Subfamily Apatelodinae:
  • Apatelodes torrefacta, Spotted Apatelodes*
  • Olceclostera (=Apatelodes) angelica, The Angel*

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