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Family Heliozelidae - Shield Bearer Moths

Pupa of tiny colorful moth on Live Oak - Coptodisca powellella Prunus Leaf Mine [Coptodisca? splendoriferella??] ID Request - Coptodisca splendoriferella Carya Leaf Mine ID Request - Coptodisca lucifluella Blotch leaf mine on Grape, parasitoidX - Antispila Blotch leaf mine on Grape, lep pupa - Antispila Persimmon Leaf Mine Maker [=Coptodisca? diospyriella??] ID Request - Coptodisca diospyriella Oak Leaf Mine ID Request - Coptodisca Grape leaf galls/bumps - Heliozela aesella
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
No Taxon (Moths)
Superfamily Adeloidea
Family Heliozelidae (Shield Bearer Moths)
Less than 3 mm. (1)
Adult - typically have iridescent, metallic-appearing scaling. Eyes are small as in other diurnal microlepidoptera. (1)
Larva - flattened, usually legless. (1)
Species are host specific, using at least 17 families of angiosperms. (1)
Life Cycle
Last instar larvae construct a portable case by cutting disks from the upper and lower epidermis and joining them with silk, the reason for the commom name "shield bearers." The abandoned mines, with their distinctive "shot holes" are characteristic. (1)
Works Cited
1.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.