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Strange Insect - Caloptilia bimaculatella

Strange Insect - Caloptilia bimaculatella
Springfield, Virginia, USA
July 13, 2004
This is a strange tiny insect I saw resting on a leaf. It had peculiar legs that were feathery at the knees. I'm pretty certain it's some type of moth. Any help in identifying is appreciated.


Moth ID
This looks to be Caloptilia bimaculatella.

Moths in the Genus Caloptilia (Gracillariidae)
Bob Patterson has a bunch of photos of various species here.

(repeat of my other comment)
Neat photos.

Looks like family Gracillariidae, Leaf Blotch Miner Moths.
Cranshaw, pp. 214-215 (1), has some photos of genus Caloptilia, none match yours exactly, but genus is perhaps the same. Covell, pp.446-448 (2) has several illustrations, hard to tell if any are yours.

Patrick Coin
Durham, North Carolina

Leafmining Moth
Hey Richard,

Nice shot, I know these are tiny critters. Patrick is probably a better expert at these, but I've seen them at our porch lights at night. I believe it is a Leafmining moth. The stance is interesting for a moth.

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