Psychidae Arnscheid and Weidlich provide for the first time a complete tool for identifying the European bag worm moths. The book will provide a sufficient overview of the systematics and distribution of the European Psychidae. A total of 246 species is recognized. Description and diagnoses are accompanied by colour figures of the adults, usually depicting variation of male and female if the latter are winged. Black and white photographs of the male genitalia of most species (excluding parts of Naryciinae and Taleporiinae due to their similarity) are given for the first time. Notes on distribution and bionomics are added for every species. One new subfamily, one new genus and three new species are described.
Wilfried R. Arnscheid, born 1955 in Bochum, retired since 2014, previously served as an official for the city of Bochum (Germany), where he currently resides. He has published papers on systematics of Psychidae and Satyridae as well as faunistics of Italian Lepidoptera.
Michael Weidlich, born 1955 in Berlin, lives in Ratzdorf near the river Oder in Brandenburg (Germany). Since the 1970s he has worked on the Macrolepidoptera of Germany, East Europe and the Balkans. He has published papers on Psychidae of the Palaearctic region, especially the Balkans and Central Asia.
"This is a very important contribution to a neglected family of Microlepidoptera and deserves to be widely used. The quality of scholarship is excellent and the combination of species accounts and the many plates mean that it should be possible to identify species, whether by adult or case, even if some serious study will be needed. The quality of production and presentation is generally excellent and so it is appropriate to recommend this work very highly [...]"
Entomologist’s Gazette (2018) Vol. 69: 166-167. Click
General and historical aspects
Notes on the illustrations
1. Systematics and classification
2. Morphology of Psychidae
4. Checklist of European Psychidae
5. Identification Keys
Key to subfamilies and tribes (based on male characteristics
Key to the genera and subgenera (based on male characteristics
6. Systematic treatment of the genera and species of Psychidae in Europe
Species incertae sedis
7. Distribution Catalogue
Acronyms of the Countries
8. Colour plates
9. Male and female genitalia illustrations
Index to genus-group names
Index to species-group names
All interested in the taxonomy, bionomics and distribution of moths in Europe.