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Superfamily Nepticuloidea - Pygmy Leafmining Moths

Leaf mines - Stigmella microtheriella Linear mine with frass line: Yellow Birch - Stigmella corylifoliella lateral - Zimmermannia Glennstone leaf miner on Carya species D219 2015 2 - Stigmella Unidentified Ectodoemia Moth - Hodges #058.97 - Zimmermannia St. Andrews leaf miner on Quercus nigra SA420 2016 3 - Stigmella Quercus alba host - Stigmella Linear mines in sumac - New Brunswick - Stigmella intermedia
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Nepticuloidea (Pygmy Leafmining Moths)
Explanation of Names
From the type genus Nepticula, Latin meaning "granddaughter." (1)
Identification
See Bob Patterson's comment about "eyecaps" on photo 360727.
Remarks
These are tiny moths whose larvae are leaf and stem miners. Specialization on diverse floweing plants has led this group to become the most species rich of the primitive Lepidoptera (2)
Works Cited
1.An accentuated list of the British Lepidoptera, with hints on the derivation of the names.
Anonymous. 1858. The Entomological Societies of Oxford and Cambridge.
2.Moths of Western North America
Powell and Opler. 2009. UC Press.