Moths of North Dakota


Family Autostichidae: Autostichids

Diagnosis:, female retinaculum consisting of a group of anteriorly directed scales between Sc and R; abdominal tergites with a transverse band of spines; antennae without pectin.

Diversity: Worldwide 67 genera and 308 species; six genera and 44 species in North America; as yet, a single species recorded for North Dakota.

Checklist numbers: 1133- 1135, 1168- 1225.

Biology: Larvae are detritivores and scavengers on dead plant or animal materials.


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Further reading:

Adamski, David and Richard L. Brown. 1989. Morphology and systematics of North American Blastobasidae (Lepidoptera: Gelechioidea). Miss. Agric. & Forstry Sta. Tech. Bull. 165: 70 pp.

Hodges, Ronald W., Chapter 9. The Gelechioidea, pp. 132- 158 in Kristensen, Neils P. ed. 1999. Lepidoptera, moths and butterflies. Part 35, Vol. 1 in Handbook of Zoology. Maximilian Fischer ed. Walter de Gryter, New York. 491 pp.



Last updated: 03/27/02

Gerald M. Fauske
Research Specialist
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Fargo, ND 58105

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