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Species Mompha undescribed-species-on-crocanthemum - Undescribed Crocanthemum leafminer

Momphinae, Frostweed leaf weavings - Mompha undescribed-species-on-crocanthemum Momphidae, lateral - Mompha undescribed-species-on-crocanthemum Momphinae, frostweed weaving - Mompha undescribed-species-on-crocanthemum Momphinae, larva, dorsal - Mompha undescribed-species-on-crocanthemum tiny orange moth - Mompha undescribed-species-on-crocanthemum tiny orange moth - Mompha undescribed-species-on-crocanthemum Mompha sp. - Mompha undescribed-species-on-crocanthemum Mompha sp. - Mompha undescribed-species-on-crocanthemum
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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 Momphidae (Momphid Moths)
Subfamily Momphinae
Genus Mompha
Species undescribed-species-on-crocanthemum (Undescribed Crocanthemum leafminer)
Identification
The adult is similar to that of M. capella, but the ground color of the leaf-mining species is markedly brighter orange. The two are also separable on genital morphology.
Range
Known from the eastern/midwestern USA where the larval host plant occurs.
Habitat
As for the larval host plant.
Season
Larval leaf mines appear in mid- to late May in Iowa, before the plant has flowered; adults emerge straightaway (June) and overwinter.
Food
Crocanthemum bicknellii (Cistaceae) and possibly other spp. of the genus.
Life Cycle
The larva in active feeding mode is a leaf miner; when finished feeding, it goes to the apical part of the stem and silks leaves together to form a chamber inside which it pupates.

Life cycle images:
1)Frostweed leaf weavings 2)larva and leaf weaving 3)larva 4)pupa in cocoon 5)adult
Remarks
M. capella also feeds on Crocanthemum, but it specializes in feeding inside the fruit of the host; therefore, it occurs a few weeks later than the leaf miner.
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