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Rosaceae-feeding species

Leaf Blotch Miner Moth - Phyllonorycter Phyllonorycter, miner on apple - Phyllonorycter Gracillariidae, dorsal - Phyllonorycter Leaf Blotch Miner Moth - Phyllonorycter Prunus leafminer - Phyllonorycter Phyllonorycter elmaella - Phyllonorycter elmaella Lake Crabtree leaf miner on Prunus serotina D1500 Phyllonorycter 2019 4 - Phyllonorycter genitalia - Phyllonorycter propinquinella - female
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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 Lithocolletinae
Genus Phyllonorycter
No Taxon Rosaceae-feeding species
Three very similar-looking Phyllonorycter species that occur east of the Rockies develop as larvae in underside tentiform mines in the leaves of trees in the rose family (Rosaceae). They are P. crataegella (Apple Blotch Leafminer, on hawthorn and apple), P. propinquinella (Cherry Blotch Miner Moth, apparently restricted to wild cherry), and the introduced P. blancardella (Spotted Tentiform Leafminer, on apple.) Differentiating the adults requires dissection and examination of genitalia. [Based in part on comments by Terry Harrison]
The western P. elmaella and P. mespilella are also similar.
Print References
Landry, J.-F., and D. L. Wagner. 1995. "Taxonomic review of apple-feeding species of Phyllonorycter Hübner (Lepidoptera, Gracillariidae) in North America." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 97:603-625.
Internet References
Spread specimen and mine of P. propinquinella at