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Phyllocnistis vitegenella, 0853? - Phyllocnistis

Phyllocnistis vitegenella, 0853? - Phyllocnistis
Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina, USA
July 1, 2012
Is this Phyllocnistis vitegenella? I found this Phyllocnistis a couple nights ago on my moth sheet (seem to be having an invasion of this genus at the sheets) and caught this specimen. Can this be identified? If measurements are needed, I could provide those too.

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Do you know
if anyone will look at this? I'm going through my bugguide unknowns and seeing which ones ever got responses.

Not sure
Phyllocnistis species are not generally identifiable from photos, and even if you have a specimen, you may have a hard time finding someone willing to dissect and examine it. Specialists are more likely to be willing to look at moths that have been reared from larvae... but then, if it were reared, it would probably be identifiable by its host plant and leaf mine anyway.

(Edit) I just saw your comment on another photo that you're sending specimens to Jean-Francois Landry. He may be willing to look at this one too, although I seem to remember him telling me once that he wasn't sure how to distinguish the grape-feeding Phyllocnistis species.

thanks Charley for the info! Unfortunately JF told me he didn't have funding to sequence my specimens, though he thought my initial ids looked very good.

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