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Genus Bucculatrix

Birch Skeletonizer - Bucculatrix speciosa wee moth - Bucculatrix Bucculatrix cocoon ex Antennaria plantaginifolia yielding parasitoid - Bucculatrix Bucculatrix sp. - Bucculatrix Bucculatrix Bucculatrix copeuta Bucculatrix Sp.? - Bucculatrix Unidentified moth - Bucculatrix
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Gracillarioidea (Ribbed Cocoon-maker and Leaf Blotch Miner Moths)
Family Bucculatricidae (Ribbed Cocoon-maker Moths)
Genus Bucculatrix
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Ceroclastis Zeller 1848
Explanation of Names
Bucculatrix Zeller 1839
>100 named species in our area(1)
Genus-level sight-ID characters include the forewing coloration of golden-brown ground color with a few whitish dashes around the edges, the tufted head, and--especially--the patch of raised black scales on the hind margin of the forewing. A raised black patch in that position on the forewing is never present in lithocolletine gracillariids, nor in any other microlep of similar size, head vestiture, and coloration, that I can think of. The patch sometimes becomes partially or completely worn away in older individuals of Bucculatrix, and that could render sight diagnosis somewhat problematic. Unfortunately, there is no illustrated sight-ID guide for North American Bucculatrix. The only comprehensive work on our fauna (citation below) offers genitalia drawings and detailed written descriptions, but not moth/wing illustrations, for all of the species. (from a comment by Terry Harrison)
Species organized into sections following (2)
Works Cited
1.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
2.The genus Bucculatrix in America north of Mexico (Microlepidoptera)
Annette F. Braun. 1963. American Entomological Society 18: 1-208.