Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Aspen Leaf Blotch Miner Moth
Phyllonorycter apparella (Herrich-Schäffer, 1855)

Family: Gracillariidae
Subfamily: Lithocolletinae
Identification: Slender bronzy brown forewings partially traversed by usually five, rarely four, mostly oblique white costal bands and usually five, highly variable, white dorsal bands. Hindwing and fringe uniformly pale gray
Wing Span: 0.72-0.96 cm
Life History:
Caterpillar Hosts: In North America, Populus tremuloides is the most frequently encountered host, with P. grandidentata and P. canescens also being mined (Braun, 1908). Populus balsamifera, P. deltoides and Salix sp. serve as hosts much less frequently
Adult Food:
Range: Widely distributed in North America, from New Mexico, Ohio, and southern Maryland, north to central Alaska and Ontario
Management Needs:
Taxonomy Notes: None.
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