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Genus Stigmella

Edge mine in a leaf with points - Stigmella Leaf Mine - Stigmella rhoifoliella Stigmella sp.? - Stigmella mine on white oak - Stigmella St. Andrews leaf miner on Myrica cerifera SA743 Stigmella maybe 2017 2 - Stigmella myricafoliella Lake Aberdeen leaf miner on Morella carolinensis D548 2017 1 - Stigmella Stigmella pupa - Stigmella ceanothi St. Andrews leaf miner on Morella cerifera SA1643 Stigmella 2019 2 - Stigmella myricafoliella
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Nepticuloidea (Pygmy Leafmining Moths)
Family Nepticulidae
Genus Stigmella
51 species north of Mexico; 428 species worldwide (1)
See Also
Dr. Erik van Nieukerken explains in his identification of Stigmella prunifoliella here "Difference between Ectoedemia and Stigmella: Stigmella has a collar of lamellar scales, here concolorous with the thorax (between the eyecaps), whereas Ectoedemia and other genera have a small collar consisting of hair scales."
Print References
Newton, P. J. and Wilkinson, C. (1982), A taxonomic revision of the North American species of Stigmella (Lepidoptera: Nepticulidae). Systematic Entomology, 7: 367–463. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3113.1982.tb00455.x