Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1102205

(Phyllonorycter Rosaceae-feeding species)
Phyllonorycter sp.

Observation date: September 14, 2016
Submitted by: drkilmer
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: At MV light.
Status: Resident
Verified by: rogerdowner
Verified date: September 14, 2016
Coordinator notes: Three very similar-looking Phyllonorycter species that occur east of the Rockies develop as larvae in underside tentiform mines in the leaves of trees in the rose family (Rosaceae). They are P. crataegella (Apple Blotch Leafminer, on hawthorn and apple), P. propinquinella (Cherry Blotch Miner Moth, apparently restricted to wild cherry), and the introduced P. blancardella (Spotted Tentiform Leafminer, on apple.) Differentiating the adults requires dissection and examination of genitalia.
Checklist region(s): United States, Maryland, Frederick County