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Photo#182130
larvae and 'nest' on crabapple leaf

larvae and 'nest' on crabapple leaf
kenora, Ontario, Canada
August 11, 2007
found during the day on an ornamental crabapple leaf. I have other photos of a DARKER larva, same type of nest, leaf from the same tree and I'm wondering if the different coloration is simply a subsequent instar. I'll post it separately.

A thought
Bucculatrix species start out as leaf miners, then feed openly on leaves. I've read that "at the time of molting [they] spread silken nets for cover, 'molting cocoons', and emerge again to feed when their new cuticles are a little hardened (Needham et al. 1928, p. 63)." There is a common species that feeds on apple, Bucculatrix pomifoliella. I don't know what it looks like; the only photo I've seen of a larva in this genus is here.

Was this leaf folded shut when you found it?

 
This is an old comment, but w
This is an old comment, but we just posted this image of B. pomifoliella on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/89788319@N02/sets/72157633214354395/

It died of an unknown cause, so this cat may be atypical in appearance, but we ID'd them through genetic barcoding, so at least it's a legitimate ID! :)

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