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Species Phyllocnistis insignis - Hodges#0846

Leaf Blotch Miner Moth - Phyllocnistis insignis Gracillariidae on Pilewort, pupal caseX - Phyllocnistis insignis Unid Leafminer Dtf6 - Phyllocnistis insignis Blowing Rock Price Lake leaf miner on Asteraceae BR18 2016 2 - Phyllocnistis insignis Phyllocnistis insignis reared from Packera (Senecio) tomentosa - Phyllocnistis insignis St. Andrews leaf miner on Senecio vulgaris SA1917 2021 1.1 - Phyllocnistis insignis St. Andrews leaf miner on Senecio vulgaris SA1917 2021 4 - Phyllocnistis insignis Horseshoe Farm leaf miner on Packera anonyma D4501 2023 3 - Phyllocnistis insignis
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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 Phyllocnistinae
Genus Phyllocnistis
Species insignis (Phyllocnistis insignis - Hodges#0846)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Phyllocnistis insignis Frey & Boll, 1876
Phyllocnistis erechtitisella Chambers, 1878
Phyllocnistis erechtiisella McDunnough, 1939
from Florida to Michigan, and westward to Iowa
They mine the leaves of composites, mostly in tribe Senecioneae. Host plants include Arnoglossum muehlenbergii, Erechtites hieracifolia, Prenanthes alba, Packera aurea, Packera glabella, Senecio aureus and others.
Print References
Chambers, V.T., 1878. Descriptions of new Tineina from Texas, and others from more northern localities. Bulletin of the United States Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories, 4(3): 104.
Frey, H. & J. Boll, 1876. Einige Tineen aus Texas. Entomologische Zeitung, 37: 217.
Hall et al., 2021. The Moths of North Carolina - website (identification, habitats and life history)
Internet References
Species Page at
Species Page at Global Taxonomic Database of Gracillariidae (Lepidoptera)