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Species Cameraria macrocarpae - Hodges#0827

Unidentified  - Cameraria macrocarpae
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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 Lithocolletinae
Genus Cameraria
Species macrocarpae (Cameraria macrocarpae - Hodges#0827)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cameraria macrocarpae Freeman, 1970
Explanation of Names
The species named for the host plant Quercus macrocarpa Michx.
There are more than 53 species of the genus Cameraria in America north of Mexico. (1), (2)
Freeman (1970) listed the wingspan as 8-8.5 mm.
Freeman (1970) description is online in the print references.
Quebec to Maine, south to Texas.
The range map of the host species.
Holotype ♂ from Bird's Hill, Manitoba, 10 April 1968, reared in laboratory, #11033 in CNC. (Canadian National Collection).
Freeman (1970) reported the holotype adults from March to April and a flight period of late July to late August.
The larvae are leaf miners of Quercus macrocarpa Michx. (Bur oak).
Life Cycle
Still & Wong (1973) stated "Cameraria macrocarpae Freeman is a univoltine blotch miner which feeds on the palisade parenchyma of bur oak leaves. The larvae have two morphologically distinct forms and seven instars. It overwinters in the sixth instar, inside the mined leaf. Females deposit their eggs in rows, usually beside the mid-rib, and the larvae enter the leaf directly under the chorion. The larvae from each egg cluster form a common mine on the upper surface of the leaf. The mines of C. macrocarpae are brownish and each contains several larvae, differing from the whitish mines of Cameraria hamadryadella (Clemens), each containing a single larva. Nine species of parasites are listed."
See Also
Cameraria picturatella which has one transverse band.
Print References
Brown, J.L., Vargo, S., & E.F. Conner, 1997. Causes of vertical stratification in the density of Cameraria hamadryadella. Ecological Entomology, 22: 16-22. PDF.
Freeman, T.N., 1970. A new species of Cameraria on Bur oak in Manitoba (Gracillariidae). Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, 24: 86.
Still, G.N. & H.R. Wong, 1973. Life history and habits of a leaf miner, Cameraria macrocarpae, on bur oak in Manitoba (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae). The Canadian Entomologist, 105(2): 239-244. Abstract and access)