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Family Incurvariidae - Leafcutter Moths

Maple Leafcutter Moth - Paraclemensia acerifoliella Blue and orange moth? - Paraclemensia acerifoliella   - Phylloporia Maple Leafcutter - Paraclemensia acerifoliella Maple Leafcutter Moth - Paraclemensia acerifoliella Maple Leafcutter Moth - Paraclemensia acerifoliella Paraclemensia acerifoliella? - Paraclemensia acerifoliella Coleophora? - Paraclemensia acerifoliella
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Adeloidea (Fairy Moths and kin)
Family Incurvariidae (Leafcutter Moths)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
The family Adelidae (Fairy Moths) was formerly included (as subfamily Adelinae) in Incurvariidae but was given family status by D.R. Davis in 1999. See Adelidae.
6 species in 5 genera in North America listed at All-Leps
Adults - small moths with rough head scaling, relatively small eyes (diurnal), antenna shorter than forewing. Somber moths with dark, unicolorous, sometimes iridescent brown, bronze, or bluish wings (1)

Larvae - moderatley flattened, thoratic legs well developed but abdominal legs reduced, transverse bands (1)
Life Cycle
early instars are blotch miners, after which they cut through the upper and lower epidermis to remove oval sections, which the sew together to form a portable case, making larger cases as they grow (1)
Internet References
common name reference (Tree of Life,
common name reference (Association for Tropical Lepidoptera)
Works Cited
1.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.