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Leaf Blotch Miner Moth - Phyllonorycter mariaeella

Leaf Blotch Miner Moth - Phyllonorycter mariaeella
Spiderweb, Aiken County, South Carolina, USA
March 18, 2011
Attracted to light.

Supported as Hodges#800 (Phyllonorycter tritaenianella) on Bamona


Phyllonorycter mariaeella
There are two similar species of three-banded Phyllonorycter in the eastern USA, P. tritaenianella and P. mariaeella. I believe that your moth is the latter. The following diagnosis is based on reared, unquestionably identified specimens such as those shown in Figs. 2 and 4 here. Note that in P. tritaenianella, there is no white costal dash beyond the third fascia, whereas in P. mariaeella (and in your moth), there is. Also note that the white apical edges of each of the basal two fasciae melt into the brown ground color in P. tritaenianella (thus giving the moth a very distinctive look), whereas in P. mariaeella, the white edges are sharply defined, as in your moth.

for the correction.

Looks like a new species for BG.

Tom already made the page for his photo

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