Butterflies and Moths of North America

collecting and sharing data about Lepidoptera

Marmara smilacisella (Chambers, 1875)

Family: Gracillariidae
Subfamily: Gracillariinae
Wing Span:
Life History:
Caterpillar Hosts: Smilax glabra, Smilax glauca and Smilax hispida. The caterpillars mine the upper side of the leaves, making a silvery white narrow mine. There is a narrow central line of frass. The mines wind about over the leaf, crossing and recrossing and in smaller leaves involving almost the whole upper surface. At maturity, the larvae turn bright red, emerge from the mine, and, in a fold under the edge of the leaf, spin yellowish white cocoons to pupate.
Adult Food:
Range: Kentucky and Ohio south to Florida and Texas
Management Needs:
Taxonomy Notes: None.
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