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Superfamily Nepticuloidea - Pygmy Leafmining Moths

micro moth Fomoria ovaries - Fomoria septembrella - female Ectoedemia sp. - Ectoedemia Dark mine on red maple - Glaucolepis saccharella Opostegidae? - Pseudopostega St. Andrews leaf miner on Rhus copallina SA 105 2015 1 - Stigmella intermedia Unid Leafminer Gps6 - Stigmella prunifoliella Bumping lake leaf miner on Oregon grape BL1 2016 9 - Stigmella undescribed-species-on-mahonia
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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.