Acrolophidae, Busck, 1912

Pohl, Greg, Anweiler, Gary, Schmidt, Christian & Kondla, Norbert, 2010, An annotated list of the Lepidoptera of Alberta, Canada, ZooKeys 38 (38), pp. 1-549: 56-57

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12. Acrolophidae  – tube moths

Small to medium-sized (15–35 mm wingspan) drab tan and brown mottled moths with rounded wings and stout bodies. Larvae construct long silken tubes in soil or litter. Most species feed on detritus or plant debris, but some feed on living plants, dung, or fungi.

Acrolophids are restricted to the New World, and their diversity is highest in the neotropics. Approximately 270 species are known worldwide, and 64 species are known from North America, mostly from the Southwest. One species is known from AB. Two genera of acrolophids occur in North America; Acrolophus  was revised by Hasbrouck (1964), and Amydria  was treated by Dietz (1905) as part of the subfamily Amydriinae  in the Tineidae  . In many older works, this family was placed within the Tineidae  .

54 * R Amydria effrentella Clemens, 1859 Jun  m – G T: Dietz (1905)

L: Bowman (1951) C: CNC, NFRC