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Family Nepticulidae

Moth Moth for ID ??? - Stigmella Moth, Nepticulidae, ssp?  - Microcalyptris moth - Ectoedemia Unidentified Ectodoemia Moth - Hodges #058.97 - Ectoedemia Unidentified Microcalyptris Moth - Microcalyptris teeny micro Poplar Petiole Gall Moth? - Ectoedemia populella
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
No Taxon (Moths)
Superfamily Nepticuloidea
Family Nepticulidae
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Nepticulidae Braun, 1917
Numbers
More than eighty described species in North America probably comprise less than half of the actual number.
Size
Forewing lengths from 1.5 - 4.5 mm. (1)
Identification
Larva - legless.
Adult - Nepticulids include the smallest Lepidoptera, characterised by having the basal antennal segment (scape) greatly enlarged, forming a cap over the upper half of the relatively large eye. Forewing broad with long scale fringes (1)
Food
Larvae often leaf mine in woody plants. Adults use rudimentary proboscis to lap up honeydew secreted by aphids. (1)
Print References
Braun, A.F. 1917. Nepticulidae of North America. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 43: 155-209 (2)
Davis, D.R. 1978. New leaf-mining moths of the family Nepticulidae from Florida. The Florida Entomologist 61(4): 209-224 (PDF) (3)
Works Cited
1.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
2.Nepticulidae of North America.
Annette F. Braun. 1917. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 43: 155-209.
3.New leaf-mining moths of the family Nepticulidae from Florida.
Donald R. Davis. 1978. The Florida Entomologist 61(4): 209-224.