Atteva punctella (Lepidoptera: Yponomeutidae) in South Africa?
Chris J. Durden
drdn at mail.utexas.edu
Tue Sep 19 03:48:29 EDT 2000
Unless it feeds on something else as well as ailanthus, *Atteva punctella*
must be non native to North America and have been introduced along with its
*Ailanthus* is present in the 38 million-year-old volcanic ash beds of
Florissant National Monument in Colorado, but none is known from the
Americas between then and now.
At 02:31 19/09/00 -0400, you wrote:
>I wonder what the etymology of Yponomeutidae would be. Anything that
>eats Ailanthus is fine with me.
>nextug at is.dal.ca wrote:
>> Anyone out there familiar with Atteva punctella (Lepidoptera:
>> Yponomeutidae)? In particular I'm wondering whether this North and Central
>> American species has been introduced to South Africa. I think that its
>> food plant (Ailanthus altissima) has been introduced as an ornamental in
>> southern Africa and I'm wondering if this moth has come along.
>> Any South African entomologists out there who might be able to answer this
>> Many thanks,
>> Christopher Majka
>> Christopher Majka <natural at chebucto.ns.ca>
>> Electronic Resources on Lepidoptera, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
>> URL = http://www.chebucto.ns.ca/Environment/NHR/lepidoptera.html
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