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Species Elachista brachelytrifoliella - Hodges#1132

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Gelechioidea (Twirler Moths and kin)
Family Elachistidae (Grass Miner Moths)
Subfamily Elachistinae
Genus Elachista
No Taxon (saccharella species group)
Species brachelytrifoliella (Elachista brachelytrifoliella - Hodges#1132)
Hodges Number
1132
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Elachista brachyelytrifoliella Clemens, 1860
Size
Wingspan: 5.5-7.5 mm (1)
Identification
Adult: The basal third of the FW is gray, shading to dark blackish brown outwardly. A white line follows the costal margin from near the base of the costa, diverging from the costa as a short streak ending just within the dark brown portion of the wing. There is a pair of silvery white spots just beyond the middle. HW dark brownish gray. (1)
Range
Have been recorded from Alabama,California, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi,Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington. (1)
Season
Adults have been recorded on wing nearly year round. (1)
Food
Larvae feed on Brachyelytrum aristatum and Muehlenbergia species. They mine the leaves of their host plant. The mine starts as a fine linear gallery, often following the margin of the leaf. It later becomes an elongate blotch. Sometimes a second mine is made. (1)
Life Cycle
Mining larvae can be found from early July to October. Pupation takes place in a crevice beneath two layers of silk. (1)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group – images of live and pinned adults (2)
BOLD Systems - images of DNA supported specimens (3)
Wikipedia - brief description (1)