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Species Leucospilapteryx venustella - Hodges#0698

Leaf mine - Leucospilapteryx venustella Leucospilapteryx from mine on Ageratina altissima - Leucospilapteryx venustella Leigh Farm Park leaf miner on Asteraceae D828 2017 1 - Leucospilapteryx venustella Lake Crabtree leaf miner on Bidens bipinnata D1160 2018 1 - Leucospilapteryx venustella Gracillariidae, larva in cell - Leucospilapteryx venustella Ding Darling Refuge leaf miner on Ambrosia artemisiifolia D2019 Leucospilapterix venustella 2019 2 - Leucospilapteryx venustella Boone leaf miner on Ageratina altissima D2676 2020 3.1 - Leucospilapteryx venustella Leucospilapteryx venustella
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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 Acrocercopinae
Genus Leucospilapteryx
Species venustella (Leucospilapteryx venustella - Hodges#0698)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Leucospilapteryx venustella (Clemens)
Orig. Comb: Gracilaria venustella Clemens, 1860
the only species in this genus in North America listed at All-Leps
The dorsal margin is white/pale in the basal half, as seen in this reared individual:

This feature is not present in any of the reared specimens of Acrocercops astericola uploaded to BugGuide.
An undescribed species in an undescribed genus is similar to L. venusta, but in the single example available for comparison, the forewing ground color is paler and the front and middle tibiae are pure white (unmarked):
e US - Map (MPG)
page creation based on identification of this image by Terry Harrison
Print References
Clemens & Stainton, H. T, 1872. The Tineina of North America, by (the late) Dr. Brackenridge Clemens. (Being a collected edition of his writings on that group of insects.) With notes by the editor, H.T. Stainton, F.R.S., Sec.Ls. p. 92, 216
Internet References
pinned adult and live larva image plus photos of larval damage to leaves (Terry Harrison, Illinois,
Images at BOLD
live adult image by David Reed (
presence in Ontario; list (NHIC; Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources)