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Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

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Superfamily Adeloidea - Fairy Moths and kin

St. Andrews leaf miner on Carya species Stigmella caryaefoliella maybe 2015 12 - Coptodisca lucifluella Heliozelidae, Shield Bearer larvaX, on Choke Cherry - Coptodisca splendoriferella Heliozelid galls on riverbank grape - Heliozela aesella Antispila reared from Cornus drummondii - Antispila freemani St. Andrews leaf miner on Cornus florida SA505 Antispilla 2016 3 - Antispila cornifoliella St. Andrews leaf miner on Myrica cerifera SA703 Antispila maybe 2016 5 - Antispila on-myricaceae Leigh Farm Park leaf miner on Ostrya virginiana D454 2017 1 - Coptodisca ostryaefoliella Leigh Farm Park leaf miner on Vitis species D781 2017 2 - Antispila
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Adeloidea (Fairy Moths and kin)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Five families (according to Arnett) plus the introduced South American and South African family Cecidosidae.
Small, without ocelli and with a short proboscis with scales near the base; the hind wings have a strong frenulum.
Life Cycle
Larvae are leafminers when small but later cut out flattened cases to be used as shelters and pupal cases; some form cases from flower parts.
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