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16a0008 – 0070   Stigmella prunifoliella (Clemens, [1862])

Charley Eiseman
Distribution: Type locality (prunifoliella): Pennsylvania.
Type locality (bifasciella): Pennsylvania.
Type locality (serotinaeella): Kentucky.
Field Marks:
See Wilkinson & Scoble, (1979) (bifasciella).
Genitalia: See Wilkinson & Scoble, (1979) (bifasciella).
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Synonymy: Nepticula prunifoliella Clemens, [1862]
Nepticula bifasciella Clemens, 1862
Nepticula serotinaeella Chambers, 1873
Taxonomic Notes: Stigmella prunifoliella (Clemens, [1862]), rev. stat., comb. n. (Newton & Wilkinson 1982:385-387), was previously treated as a nomen nudurn (invalid description) in Braun (1917:171). Newton & Wilkinson designated the holotype of bifasciella Clemens as the neotype of prunifoliella.
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Braun, A.F., 1917. Nepticulidae of North America. Transactions of the American Entomological Society, 43: 170-171.
  • Chambers, V.T., 1873. Micro-Lepidoptera. The Canadian Entomologist, 5: 126.
  • Clemens, B., 1861 [1862]. Micro-Lepidopterous Larvae. Notes on a few species, the imagos of which are probably undescribed. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Philadelphia, 1(4): 84 (prunifoliella).
  • Clemens, B., 1862. New American Micro-Lepidoptera. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Philadelphia, 1(5): 133.
  • Hall et al., 2021. The Moths of North Carolina - website (identification, habitats and life history)
  • Newton, P.J. & C. Wilkinson, 1982. A taxonomic revision of the North American species of Stigmella (Lepidoptera: Nepticulidae). Systematic Entomology, 7(4): 367-463.
  • Species Page at Block Island Moths
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Species Page at Mass Moths
  • Wilkinson, C., & M. Scoble, 1979. The Nepticulidae (Lepidoptera) Of Canada. Memoirs of the Entomological Society of Canada, 111(S107): 1-129 (bifasciella).
Stigmella prunifoliella
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