Butterflies and Moths of North America

collecting and sharing data about Lepidoptera

Parectopa lespedezaef oliella (Clemens, 1860)

Family: Gracillariidae
Identification: "Head and face white. Labial palpi, second joint dark fuscous, the third white. Antennae dark grayish fuscous. Thorax blackish brown. Fore wings blackish brown, with three silvery white spots along the inner margin, one almost at the base of the wing, one at the apical third, and the other intermediate between them. On the costa are two silvery white spots, the first a little exterior to the second dorsal ; the second costal opposite the third dorsal. Along the hinder margin is a black hinder marginal line, or two decided converging black streaks, one from the costa and the other from the inner margin, meeting at the tip where there is a small silvery white spot. The cilia along the hinder margin are silvery white tipped with blackish, and along the inner margin dark gray. Hind wings dark fuscous, cilia the same."
Wing Span:
Life History:
Caterpillar Hosts: Lespedeza violacea and possibly Desmodium spp.
Adult Food:
Range: Québec, Canada, and Maine, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Michigan in the United States.
Management Needs:
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