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Family Eriocraniidae - Eriocraniid Moths

Chinquapin Leaf-miner - Dyseriocrania griseocapitella Bur oak leaf mine - Dyseriocrania griseocapitella eriocraniid - Dyseriocrania griseocapitella Eriocraniid Moth - Hodges #0013.3 - Eriocraniella mediabulla St. Andrews leaf miner on Quercus nigra SA328 2016 3 - Dyseriocrania griseocapitella purple lacewing? - Eriocrania semipurpurella Moths resting on stone in creek 3028540 moth
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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)
Other Common Names
Sparkling Archaic Sun Moths (Encyclopedia of Entomology)
13 species in 4 genera in North America
Adults - small with narrow wings, iridescent, often golden with purplish markings (1)

Larvae - leggless miners in newly expanded leaves, forming baggy full-depth mines (1)
leaf miners of birch and oak (1)
Life Cycle
Leaf miners that pupate in soil (1)
Their eggs hatch before tree leaves completely form, harden, and produce repelling tannins. The larvae feed between the epidermal layers, maturing in 2 weeks. Once mature, they drop to the ground and spin a cocoon in the soil where they overwinter.(2)
They have a novel way of escaping their cocoons. These moths are have large jaws and chew through the tough, silken cocoons. They emerge with a crown of long, disheveled scales.(2)
Prefer flying in daylight rather than at night.(2)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.
2.Hidden Company that Trees Keep: Life from Treetops to Root Tips
James B. Nardi. 2023. Princeton University Press.