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Family Nepticulidae

Leaf mine - Stigmella prunifoliella Leaf mine on Cottonwood - Stigmella populetorum mines on Hickory leaf - Stigmella moth Sycamore Leaf Miner [Ectoedemia? clemensella??] ID Request - Ectoedemia Partially obliterated mines - Stigmella Rubus Leaf Mine ID Request - Stigmella villosella Stigmella mine on Toyon (Heteromeles) - Stigmella heteromelis
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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
Explanation of Names
From the type genus Nepticula, Latin meaning "granddaughter." (1)
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. (2)
Identification
Adult - some of the smallest Lepidoptera, the basal antennal segment (scape) greatly enlarged and forming a cap over the upper half of the large eye. Forewing broad with long scale fringes. (2)
Larva - legless.
Food
Larvae often leaf mine in woody plants. Adults use rudimentary proboscis to lap up honeydew secreted by aphids. (2)
Print References
Braun, A.F. 1917. Nepticulidae of North America. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 43: 155-209 (3)
Davis, D.R. 1978. New leaf-mining moths of the family Nepticulidae from Florida. The Florida Entomologist 61(4): 209-224 (PDF) (4)
Works Cited
1.An accentuated list of the British Lepidoptera, with hints on the derivation of the names.
Anonymous. 1858. The Entomological Societies of Oxford and Cambridge.
2.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
3.Nepticulidae of North America.
Annette F. Braun. 1917. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 43: 155-209.
4.New leaf-mining moths of the family Nepticulidae from Florida.
Donald R. Davis. 1978. The Florida Entomologist 61(4): 209-224.