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Species Eriocraniella platyptera - Hodges#0010

St. Andrews Leaf miner on Quercus laevis SA322 2016 4 - Eriocraniella platyptera St. Andrews leaf miner on Quercus falcata SA333 2016 1 - Eriocraniella platyptera St. Andrews leaf miner on Quercus falcata SA838 2017 1 - Eriocraniella platyptera St. Andrews leaf miner on Quercus falcata SA838 2017 2 - Eriocraniella platyptera Eriocraniella platyptera Eriocraniella platyptera Eriocraniella platyptera, 0010 - Eriocraniella platyptera Eriocraniella platyptera
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Eriocranioidea (Eriocraniid Moths)
Family Eriocraniidae (Eriocraniid Moths)
Genus Eriocraniella
Species platyptera (Eriocraniella platyptera - Hodges#0010)
Hodges Number
0010
Explanation of Names
Author: Davis, 1978
Size
Forewing length 3.0-3.5 mm; wingspan of male = 7-8 mm, female = 8.2 mm (based on the type series of three specimens) (Davis 1978).
Identification
Adult: FW relatively broad and immaculate dark fuscous with a prominent golden brassy to blue green iridescence. HW much paler, grayish fuscous with a slight purplish luster. The scales are moderately broad.(1)
Range
New York & Massachusetts (Eiseman 2016)
Season
Adults are on wing in May in one generation per year. (1)
Food
Larvae mine leaves of oaks, including Quercus ilicifolia (Eiseman 2016).
See Also
Eriocraniella mediabulla - a southern species, known only from the Gulf Coast states
Print References
Davis, Donald R. 1978. A Revision of the North American Moths of the Superfamily Eriocranioidea with the Proposal of a New Family, Acanthopteroctetidae (Lepidoptera). Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 251:1–131.
Eiseman, Charles S. 2016. Notes on the larval hosts and habits of some North American Eriocraniidae and Acanthopteroctetidae. Journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society 70(1):79–81.
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group – distribution and flight period chart (2)
Wikipedia - brief description (1)
BOLD Systems - images of DNA supported specimens (3)