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Leaf Mines - Octotoma plicatula

Leaf Mines - Octotoma plicatula
Sand Springs, Osage County, Oklahoma, USA
June 22, 2011
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Moved from ID Request.

I don't recognize the host plant. Do you know what it is, or do you have images that show more of it?

host plant
This looks identical to the trumpet vine that I have.

No, it's not trumpet vine. This produces brilliant yellow flowers and has woody stems. The entire plant is approximately 5 feet high and about 6 feet wide. The limbs are sprawling, long, and slender.

I used to know what it's called but I can't remember it now. It is not a wild plant.

host plant
If you could get a picture of the flower I most likely ID the plant.

I have one here on BugGuide.

I checked again yesterday just to be sure and the plant IS INDEED trumpet vine!! The trumpet vine and the yellow flowering plant are so entwined together it is very difficult to tell which is which when they are not bloomed out. However, the trumpet vine just put on it's first few blossoms so it made it a little easier to distinguish.

Trumpet vine
Great Sam, I have made that mistake many times.

leaf mines
I find these markings every year on my trumpet vine and I always find this beetle Octotoma plicatula near by.

I had missed this comment before...
There seem to be no known moth or fly miners in trumpet creeper, so the mines on your trumpet vine must be from that beetle. If Sam's plant isn't trumpet creeper, I wonder if it could be something else in the Bignoniaceae that Octotoma plicatula also uses as a host. Sam, if you have photos showing more of the plant, you could post them here, or else this image could be moved there temporarily.

I'll see if I have any.

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