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Rosaceae-feeding species

Phyllonorycter elmaella moth - Phyllonorycter Rosaceae-feeding Leaf Blotch Moth - Phyllonorycter Rosaceae-feeding Leaf Blotch Moth - Phyllonorycter Phyllonorycter Rosaceae-feeding species blancardella? - Phyllonorycter Possible Phyllonorycter crataegella on Prunus - Phyllonorycter genitalia - Phyllonorycter propinquinella - female Laurinburg leaf miner on Prunus serotina D2510 2020 4 - Phyllonorycter crataegella
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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