Cedar Creek
Ecosystem Science Reserve


Insects of Cedar Creek

Order LEPIDOPTERA

Family GRACILLARIIDAE

(Gracillariid Moths)

(Table of Species)

A large group (275 NA spp) of small moths that generally form blotch mines on various trees and shrubs. Species of Gracilaria feed and pupate externally when larger. Hosts include box elder, dogwood, cherry, and poison ivy. Species of Lithocolletis and Cameraria feed and pupate inside the mine. A common species on bur and white oak is Cameraria hamadryadella. Other species occur on maple, birch, hazel, honeysuckle, ironwood, aspen cherry, pin oak, willow, basswood, and elm. Parecopta robiniella forms a digitate mine on black locust.


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