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Species Parectopa bumeliella - Hodges#0650

Parectopa bumeliella Blotch mine of Sideroxylon lanuginosum - Parectopa bumeliella Blotch mine of Sideroxylon lanuginosum - Parectopa bumeliella moth emerging from Sideroxylon lanuginosum marginal tentlike mine - Parectopa bumeliella moth emerging from Sideroxylon lanuginosum marginal tentlike mine - Parectopa bumeliella moth emerging from Sideroxylon lanuginosum marginal tentlike mine - Parectopa bumeliella Parectopa bumeliella Parectopa bumeliella
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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 Ornixolinae
Genus Parectopa
Species bumeliella (Parectopa bumeliella - Hodges#0650)
Hodges Number
0650
Explanation of Names
The species is named after the genus of the larval host plant, which at the time of description of the moth was called Bumelia.
Size
Length, ~4mm.
Identification
Coloration and markings are very subdued, compared with those of most other species that are placed in Parectopa.
Range
Known from the eastern USA where the host plants occur.
Habitat
As for the host plants.
Food
Species of Sideroxylon (formerly Bumelia) (Sapotaceae). The early-instar larva makes a meandering upperside track mine; later, the mine is expanded into an upperside blotch, the upper surface of which is very thin, almost transparent; once the blotch is formed, the larva feeds on the floor of the mine, so that ultimately it is in effect a full-depth blotch; a narrow line of black frass is deposited all around the perimeter of the mine. After the larva finishes feeding, it leaves the mine and makes a small cocoon, often enclosed in a tight fold at the margin of a leaf as is typical for the genus.
Print References
Original description by Braun 1939, Annals of the American Entomological Society 32: 284.