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Genus Elachista

Moth 09.08.06 (4) - Elachista irrorata Elachista illectella Lepidopteran mine on Bromus pubescens.  Cosmopterix? - Elachista illectella Elachista Moth  - Elachista Unknown Micromoth - Elachista - male Elachista  - Elachista madarella - male Elachista
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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 Elachistidae (Grass Miner Moths)
Subfamily Elachistinae
Genus Elachista
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Elachista Treitschke, 1833
Explanation of Names
Generic epithet Elachista is Greek meaning "very small." (1)
Numbers
There are 141 named species of Elachista in America north of Mexico. (MPG list).
Identification
Genitalia dissection is needed for identification of many species in this group.
Food
Larvae are miners feeding on grasses and sedges. (2)
Print References
Kaila, L. 1997. A revision of the Nearctic species of Elachista s. l. II. The argentella group (Lepidoptera, Elachistidae). Acta Zoologica Fennica 206: 1-93.
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - photos of pinned adults representing many of the species
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.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.