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Species Cosmopterix clandestinella - Hodges#1475

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Gelechioidea (Twirler Moths and kin)
Family Cosmopterigidae (Cosmet Moths)
Subfamily Cosmopteriginae
Genus Cosmopterix
Species clandestinella (Cosmopterix clandestinella - Hodges#1475)
Hodges Number
1475
Explanation of Names
Cosmopterix clandestinella Busck, 1906
Cosmopteryx clandestinella Busck, 1906
Identification
See description and figures here.
Range
From Massachusetts and southern Ohio south to Virginia and North Carolina (Hodges, 1978 (1)), Michigan (fig. 273) (2).
Season
There are two generations, the adults have emerged from late May to early June and again in late July and August (Hodges, 1978 (1)). The specimens from Michigan are obviously from the second generation, the mines were collected in August and the adults emerged in May (2).
Food
Dichanthelium clandestinum (L.) Gould (Busck, 1906, as Panicum clandestinum) (Poaceae) (2).
Life Cycle
Leaf miner. The mine is an irregular longitudinal blotch mine with the frass ejected at one end. At maturity the larva cuts a circular piece out of the epidermis of its mine, which it bends lengthwise and uses for a cocoon exactly like the genus Cycloplasis Clemens (formerly in Heliodinidae, unresolved taxonomy) (Busck, 1906) (2).
Internet References
Works Cited
1.The Moths of North America North of Mexico. Fascicle 6.1, Gelechioidea, Antequerinae, Cosmopteriginae, Chrysopeleiinae.
Hodges, R. W. 1978. London: E. W. Classey Ltd. and The Wedge Entomological Research Foundation, 166 pp.
2.The genera Cosmopterix Hübner and Pebobs Hodges in the New World
Koster, J.C. . 2010. Zoologische Mededelingen 84: 251-575.
3.North American Moth Photographers Group