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Zygaenoidea

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taxon links [up-->]Zygaenidae [up-->]Dalceridae [up-->]Limacodidae [up-->]Heterogynidae [up-->]Somabrachyidae [up-->]Megalopygidae [down<--]Ditrysia Interpreting the tree
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Containing group: Ditrysia

References

Epstein, M. E. 1996. Revision and phylogeny of the limacodid-group families, with evolutionary studies on slug caterpillars (Lepidoptera: Zygaenoidea). Smithsonian Contribtutions to Zoology 582:1102.

Epstein, A. E., H. Geertsema, C. M. Naumann, and G. M. Tarmann. 1999. The Zygaenoidea. Pages 159-180 in: Lepidoptera: Moths and Butterflies. 1. Evolution, Systematics, and Biogeography. Handbook of Zoology Vol. IV, Part 35. N. P. Kristensen, ed. De Gruyter, Berlin and New York.

Heppner, J. B. 1995. Lacturidae, new family (Lepidoptera: Zygaenoidea), Trop. Lepid. 6:146148.

Niehuis, O., S.-H. Yen, C. M. Naumann and B. Misof. 2006. Higher phylogeny of zygaenid moths (Insecta: Lepidoptera) inferred from nuclear and mitochondrial sequence data and the evolution of larval cuticular cavities for chemical defence. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 39(3):812-829.

Niehuis, O., S.-H. Yen, C. M. Naumann and B. Misof. 2006. Identification of evolutionary conserved structural elements in the mt SSU rRNA of Zygaenoidea (Lepidoptera): A comparative sequence analysis. Organisms Diversity & Evolution 6(1):1732.

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Scientific Name Megalopyge opercularis
Location Fort Pierce, Florida, USA
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Source Flannel Moth
Source Collection Flickr
Image Use creative commons This media file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License - Version 2.0.
Copyright © 2006 Sean McCann
Scientific Name Lepidoptera:Zygaenidae: Zygaena carniolica
Location Castel d’Aiano, Bologna Province, Emilia Romagna, Italy
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Image Use creative commons This media file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License - Version 2.0.
Copyright © 2005 Cesare Brizio
Scientific Name Parasa indetermina
Comments stinging rose caterpillar
Acknowledgements Courtesy InsectImages.org (#1430107)
Source Collection Bugwood Network/Forestry Images
Copyright © Lacy L. Hyche, Auburn University
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