Atteva punctella (Lepidoptera: Yponomeutidae) in South Africa?

Chris J. Durden drdn at
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.
........Chris Durden

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. 
>M. Gochfeld
>nextug at 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
>> question?
>> Many thanks,
>> Christopher Majka
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