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Species Antispila cornifoliella - Hodges#0232

Leaf Blotch Miner Moth (Gracillariidae) - Antispila cornifoliella Leaf Blotch Miner Moth (Gracillariidae) - Antispila cornifoliella Antispila cornifoliella Antispila cornifoliella Antispila - Antispila cornifoliella Laurinburg leaf miner on Cornus florida LB2 2016 2 - Antispila cornifoliella Laurinburg leaf miner on Cornus florida LB2 2016 3 - Antispila cornifoliella St. Andrews leaf miner on Cornus florida SA505 Antispilla 2016 4 - Antispila cornifoliella
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Adeloidea (Fairy Moths and kin)
Family Heliozelidae (Shield Bearer Moths)
Genus Antispila
Species cornifoliella (Antispila cornifoliella - Hodges#0232)
Hodges Number
0232
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Antispila cornifoliella Clemens, 1860
* phylogenetic sequence #007150
Explanation of Names
Cornifoliella is Latin for "dogwood (Cornus) leaf."
Size
Forewing lengths in this genus are less than 3 mm. (1)
Identification
Pupa - see Mosher, 1916 in Print References below.
Adult - blackish-brown with metallic markings.
Range
Southern Ontario to the Gulf Coast (Lafontaine 1973)
Food
Larvae feed in blotch mines in the leaves of dogwoods (Cornus, Cornaceae).
Life Cycle
Like other shield bearers when the mature larva completes feeding in the mine it cuts an oval "shield" from the leaf and attaches it to itself. After finding a suitable location it attaches the leaf shield to the surface with silk and pupates within it.
See Also
Antispila viticordifoliella - mines in grape (Vitis).
Print References
Clemens, B. 1872. Contributions to American Lepidopterology.- no.3. Tineina of North America: 103
Lafontaine, J.D. 1973. Eastern North American species of Antispila (Lepidoptera: Heliozelidae) feeding on Nyssa ans Cornus. The Canadian Entomologist 105(7): 991-996 (abstract)
Mosher, E. 1916. A classification of the Lepidoptera based on characters of the pupa. Bulletin of the Illinois State Laboratory of Natural History 12(2): pl.22, f.50
Packard, A.S. 1890. Insects injurious to the Dogwood. Fifth report of the United States Entomological Commission. 672
Works Cited
1.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.