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Species Gracillaria syringella - Lilac Leafminer - Hodges#0645

Lilac Leafminer - Gracillaria syringella Moth - Gracillaria syringella  Caloptilia (= ? Gracillaria) syringella  0645 - Gracillaria syringella 0645 – Gracillaria syringella? - Gracillaria syringella Gracillaria (formally Caloptilia) syringella - Lilac Leafminer 0645 - Gracillaria syringella Mines in Dogwood - Gracillaria syringella Lilac leafminer mine and larva - Gracillaria syringella Gracillarioidea ? - Gracillaria syringella
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Gracillarioidea (Ribbed Cocoon-maker and Leaf Blotch Miner Moths)
Family Gracillariidae (Leaf Blotch Miner Moths)
Subfamily Gracillariinae
Genus Gracillaria
Species syringella (Lilac Leafminer - Hodges#0645)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Caloptilia syringella. The placement of this species in the genus Gracillaria follows the 2005 De Prins and De Prins World Catalogue of Insects volume on Gracillariidae.
Tinea syringella Fabricius, 1794. Ent. Syst. 3: 328.
Caloptilia syringella (Fabricius, 1794).
Gracillaria syringella (Fabricius, 1794).
Explanation of Names
Author of species is (Fabricius, 1794).
Wingspan is 10–13 mm (1)
It looks to be Caloptilia syringella. For comparison, images of this species are posted here
As you can see, the forewing color pattern is somewhat variable among different individuals, but it is also distinctive within the genus Caloptilia; that is, I don't believe there are other Caloptilia species that are similar enough to this one to be mistaken for it. … Terry Harrison, 19 June, 2008
Adults fly in May and again in July depending on the location. (1)
Host plants: privet (Ligustrum), Forsythia, and lilac (Syringa) (1)
Probably introduced from Europe; it is common in Britain.
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group – species page (2)
BOLD Systems - images of DNA supported specimens (3)
Wikipedia - brief description (1)