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Species Caloptilia undescribed-ribes - undescribed Ribes feeder

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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 Gracillariinae
Genus Caloptilia
Species undescribed-ribes (undescribed Ribes feeder)
Identification
This moth resembles the maple-feeding C. umbratella, but the two are clearly distinguishable on male genital morphology.
Range
Eastern North America.
Habitat
The larval host plant occurs in deciduous forest.
Food
The known larval host plant (in Illinois) is Ribes uva-crispa (Grossulariaceae). Additional spp. of Ribes might be used.
Life Cycle
The larva makes a leaf cone that is typical for Caloptilia, but the host plant, Ribes sp., and the distinctive patches of feeding damage that are visible on the exterior of the cone (see illustration here), readily differentiate the larval damage of this species from that of aything else.