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Rosaceae-feeding species

micro moth - Phyllonorycter A Phyllonorycter sp. - Phyllonorycter blancardella Phyllonorycter propinquinella - Phyllonorycter Phyllonorycter ex Prunus serotina - Phyllonorycter propinquinella Prunus leafminer - Phyllonorycter Moth from underside tentiform mine on Prunus - Phyllonorycter Moth from underside tentiform mine on Prunus - Phyllonorycter Lake Crabtree leaf miner on Prunus serotina D1558 2019 1 - Phyllonorycter
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Classification
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
Remarks
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 microleps.org