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Species Eucosmophora pithecellobiae - Hodges#0696.2

Sanibel Island leaf miner on Pithecellobium dulce D1308 2018 1 - Eucosmophora pithecellobiae Ding Darling Refuge leaf miner on Pithecellobium unguis-cati D1333 2018 2 - Eucosmophora pithecellobiae Ding Darling Refuge leaf miner on Pithecellobium unguis-cati D1334 2018 1 - Eucosmophora pithecellobiae Ding Darling Refuge leaf miner on Pithecellobium unguis-cati D1334 2018 2 - Eucosmophora pithecellobiae Ding Darling Refuge leaf miner on Pithecellobium unguis-cati D1334 2018 3 - Eucosmophora pithecellobiae Ding Darling Refuge leaf miner on Pithecellobium unguis-cati D1334 2018 4 - Eucosmophora pithecellobiae Ding Darling Refuge leaf miner on Pithecellobium unguis-cati D1983 2019 5 - Eucosmophora pithecellobiae Ding Darling leaf miner on Pithecillobium unguis-cati D3400 2021 3 - Eucosmophora pithecellobiae
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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 Acrocercopinae
Genus Eucosmophora
Species pithecellobiae (Eucosmophora pithecellobiae - Hodges#0696.2)
Hodges Number
0696.2
Explanation of Names
Authors: Davis & Wagner, 2005
Range
The type specimen is from Key Largo, Florida; also recorded from Belize.
Food
Larvae mine in leaves of Pithecellobium spp.
Remarks
The larva is a sap-feeder in the first two instars, producing a translucent, serpentine mine. The third, tissue-feeding instar produces a blotch, which often obliterates the linear portion of the mine.
Print References
Davis, D. R. & Wagner, D. L. 2005. Biology and systematics of the neotropical leafminer genus Eucosmophora (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae). - Tropical Lepidoptera 13 (2002)(1–2):1–40.