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small moth - Mompha undescribed-species-on-epilobium-canum

small moth - Mompha undescribed-species-on-epilobium-canum
Del Puerto Canyon, Stanislaus County, California, USA
October 3, 2013
Size: 5mm
I'm trying to find the cause of some Epilobium canum galls, so am trying to rear the inducer from galls collected a month ago (Sept 7). See photos of the Epilobium galls here:



This moth emerged a day or so ago. The galls are VERY leafy and I'm thinking this moth just happened to pupate among the leaves where I would not have noticed it. I've already cut out one cecid larva from another of these galls, so I think they are cecid galls. This moth is as long as the longest gall, so I don't think it could have come out of one of the galls. But it would be helpful to know what this moth is in case it's a gall inducer...

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Moved
Moved from Mompha.
Some Mompha species do in fact cause flower galls. I wonder if the cecid larva was an inquiline, or if there were actually two types of galls? Other Mompha species are leafminers and stem borers...

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Moved from Twirler Moths.

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