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Genus Bucculatrix

Micro Moth - Bucculatrix Bucculatrix sp. - Bucculatrix Bucculatrix reared from Helianthus annuus gall - Bucculatrix St. Andrews leaf miner on Eupatorium compositifolium SA1579 2019 8 - Bucculatrix Moth - Bucculatrix dorsal - Bucculatrix Bucculatrix ambrosiaefoliella - Bucculatrix micro moth - Bucculatrix
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Classification
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
Bucculatrix Zeller, 1839
Ceroclastis Zeller, 1848
Explanation of Names
Generic epithet Bucculatrix is Latin meaning "a little mouth, or cheek." (1), (2)
Numbers
Bucculatrix includes more than 100 named species in America north of Mexico. (3)
Identification
Genus-level identification - Diagnostic sight-ID characters that get to Bucculatrix 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 supplied by Terry Harrison)
Remarks
Species are organized into Sections used by Braun(4).
Print References
Braun, A.F. 1963. The genus Bucculatrix in America north of Mexico (Microlepidoptera). Memoirs of the American Entomological Society, 18: 1-208. (4)
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.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
3.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
4.The genus Bucculatrix in America north of Mexico (Microlepidoptera)
Annette F. Braun. 1963. American Entomological Society 18: 1-208.