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Superfamily Nepticuloidea - Pygmy Leafmining Moths

Tiny Moth - Ectoedemia Micro Moth Nepticulidae Nepticula macrocarpae - Stigmella macrocarpae Elachista cucullata? - Ectoedemia quadrinotata Ectoedemia sp. ?? - Zimmermannia Nepticulidae, lateral - Zimmermannia Stigmella
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Nepticuloidea (Pygmy Leafmining Moths)
Explanation of Names
From the type genus Nepticula, Latin meaning "granddaughter." (1)
Identification
See Bob Patterson's comment about "eyecaps" on photo 360727.
Remarks
These are tiny moths whose larvae are leaf and stem miners. Specialization on diverse floweing plants has led this group to become the most species rich of the primitive Lepidoptera (2)
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.