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Genus Epicephala

Micrurapteryx maybe? - Epicephala Micrurapteryx maybe? - Epicephala Unk moth - Epicephala Phyllonorycter sp. - Epicephala Gracillariid - Epicephala Epicephala Epicephala
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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 Gracillariidae (Leaf Blotch Miner Moths)
Subfamily Ornixolinae
Genus Epicephala
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Epicephala Meyrick, 1880
Iraina Diakonoff, 1955
Leiocephala Kuznetzov & Baryshnikova, 2001
64 described species (1).
Distributed widely in the Old World.
Larvae consume the seeds of Phyllanthaceae (2).
Life Cycle
Females actively collect, transport and deposit pollen on host flowers to ensure food for their seed-feeding larvae. This is an obligate mutualism (2).
This is a temporary holding page for a species of gracillariid moth from Liberty County, Texas that appears to belong to Epicephala. It is unknown if it has been introduced or represents a New World representative of the genus. Please collect any specimens you find. Don Davis is interested in dissecting a pair for identification purposes.
Print References
Kawakita, A.; Kato, M. 2016. "Revision of the Japanese species of Epicephala Meyrick with descriptions of seven new species (Lepidoptera, Gracillariidae)". ZooKeys, 568: 87-118 (2).
Meyrick, E. 1880. "Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera. III Tineina". Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, 5(1): 132–182, 204–271.