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Family Heliozelidae - Shield Bearer Moths

Moth 09.08.05 (2) Metallic micro moth Different Coptodisca?  - Coptodisca lucifluella leaf mine - Coptodisca juglandiella Leaf Blotch Miner Moth - Coptodisca Poor image of micro moth - Antispila Persimmon Leaf Miner ID Request - Coptodisca diospyriella Antispila freemani
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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.