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Genus Elachista

Elachista illectella Miner on bulrush - Elachista Leigh Farm Park leaf miner on Schedonorus arundinacea D1400 2019 1 - Elachista St. Andrews leaf miner on Chasmanthium laxum SA1641 2019 2 - Elachista St. Andrews leaf miner on Chasmanthium laxum SA1641 2019 3 - Elachista St. Andrews leaf miner on Chasmanthium laxum SA1641 2019 4 - Elachista Duke Forest concrete bridge trail leaf miner on Elymus hystrix D2122 2020 5 - Elachista illectella Elachista illectella
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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)
There are 141 named species of Elachista in America north of Mexico. (MPG list).
Genitalia dissection is needed for identification of many species in this group.
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.