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Betula miner - Stigmella lapponica

Betula miner - Stigmella lapponica
Cedar Cove Trail, Newfoundland/Labrador, Canada
July 6, 2012
on Betula papyrifera

Moved from Stigmella.

Moved from Unidentified Leaf Mines.
The taxonomy of the Betulaceae-mining Stigmella spp. is a big mess at the moment.

Thanks for the ID!
Thanks for the ID!

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I showed this to Erik J. van Nieukerken, and he says:

Actually, Jason’s mine is most likely Stigmella lapponica Wocke, a well known species from our side of the ocean.
I have collected similar mines from British Columbia and the Smoky Mountains! Unfortunately the larvae from BC died in a heat wave, and it was before the DNA barcoding age…
Probably just as in Ectoedemia occultella this is a Holarctic species, with potentially a North American subspecies.
This is really a species I’d like to see fresh material and adults of!
In Europe mines only in early summer, check here and here.

He also mentioned that he has found mines of the European S. betulicola on B. papyrifera in North America.

Very cool! Thanks for checki
Very cool! Thanks for checking with Eric on this one!

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