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The genus Alucita in North America, with description of two new species (Lepidoptera: Alucitidae)

  • Bernard Landry (a1) and Jean-François Landry (a2)

The North American fauna of Alucitidae is shown to include three widespread species: Alucita montana Barnes et Lindsey, 1921 (nec Cockerell), Alucita adriendenisisp. nov. (type locality: Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada), and Alucitalalanneisp. nov. (type locality: Maynooth, Ontario, Canada). Alucita hexadactyla (L., 1758) and A. huebneri Wallengren, 1862 do not occur in North America. The three North American species are described and illustrated. Alucita montana is found from southwestern Quebec and Vermont, west to British Columbia, and south to Arizona, California, and Texas; its caterpillar is associated with Symphoricarpos spp. (Caprifoliaceae). Alucita adriendenisi is known from northwestern Quebec and New York, west to Alberta and the Northwest Territories, with more southern populations (isolated?) in West Virginia, Arizona, and Texas; its caterpillar feeds on flowers of Lonicera dioica L. (Caprifoliaceae) in Michigan. Alucita lalannei has been found in Ontario, Manitoba, and Alberta, Canada; its host plant is unknown.

La faune nord-américaine des Alucitidae comprend trois espèces largement réparties: Alucita montana Barnes et Lindsey, 1921 (nec Cockerell), Alucita adriendenisisp. nov. (localité type: Île Manitoulin, Ontario, Canada) et Alucitalalanneisp. nov. (localité type: Maynooth, Ontario, Canada). Alucita hexadactyla (L., 1758) et A. huebneri Wallengren, 1862 ne sont pas présentes en Amérique du Nord. Les trois espèces nord-américaines sont décrites et illustrées. Alucita montana se rencontre de l'ouest du Québec et au Vermont jusqu'en Colombie-Britannique et le long des montagnes vers le sud jusqu'en Arizona, en Californie et au Texas; sa chenille est inféodée aux Symphoricarpos spp. (Caprifoliaceae). Alucita adriendenisi se rencontre du nord-ouest du Québec et dans l'Etat de New-York jusqu'en Alberta et dans les Territoires du Nord-Ouest, ainsi que plus au sud en Arizona, en Virginie occidentale et au Texas; sa chenille se nourrit des fleurs de Lonicera dioica L. (Caprifoliaceae) au Michigan. Alucitalalannei a été trouvée en Ontario, au Manitoba et en Alberta, Canada; sa plante hôte n'est pas connue.

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