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This is a highly diversified and large family in the Neotropical and Australian regions. Only
one genus is found for certain in North America north of Mexico.
Taxonomy: Benson, 1938. Roy. Ent. Soc. London, Trans. 87: 376-382 (key to subfamilies of
Genus ACORDULECERA Say
Acordulecera Say, 1836. Boston Jour. Nat. Hist. 1: 209.
Type-species: Acordulecera dorsalis Say. Monotypic.
Thulea Say, 1836. Boston Jour. Nat. Hist. 1: 213.
Type-species: Thulea nigra Say. Monotypic.
Perantherix Westwood, 1874. Thesaurus Ent. Oxon., p. 109.
Type-species: Perantherix pumilio Westwood. Monotypic.
Acorduleceros Konow, 1898. Ent. Nachr. 24: 250.
This genus is confined to the New World where the largest number of species are found in
South America. In the United States and Canada, species of this genus are most abundant in the
eastern deciduous forests though several species are found as far west as Arizona. These
western forms have not been identified and are not listed below. The adults are small with short,
six-segmented antennae, and the larvae feed externally on the foliage of the host plants.
Acordulecera dorsalis Say Acordulecera maculata MacGillivray Acordulecera mellina Acordulecera pellucida (Konow) Skelosyzygonia spinipes Malaise
Acordulecera maculata MacGillivray
Acordulecera pellucida (Konow)
Skelosyzygonia spinipes Malaise
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