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33a0287 – 0790   Macrosaccus robiniella (Clemens, 1859)

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Distribution: "Eastern North America from Ontario, Canada south to South Carolina and west to Missouri and Texas" (Davis & De Prins 2011).
Type locality (robiniella): not given.
Type locality (pseudacaciella): not given, possibly Salem, NY (Davis & De Prins 2011).
Larva and
Host Plants:
Robinia pseudoacacia, R. viscosa, R. hispida (Davis & De Prins, 2011).
Similar Species:
  • Macrosaccus morrisella (Fitch, 1859) forewing has a white basal streak and dorsal strigulae less oblique.
  • Macrosaccus uhlerella (Fitch, 1859) forewing basal strigulae are less oblique.
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Lithocolletis robiniella Clemens, 1859
Argyromiges pseudacaciella Fitch, 1859
Taxonomic Notes: Macrosaccus robiniella (Clemens, 1859), n. comb., was formerly in the genus Phyllonorycter (Davis & De Prins 2011).
  • 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., 1908. Revision of the North American species of the genus Lithocolletis Hübner. Transactions of the American Entomological Society, 34: 292.
  • Clemens, B., 1859. Contribution to American Lepidopterology. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 11: 319.
  • Davis, D. & J. De Prins, 2011. Systematics and biology of the new genus Macrosaccus with descriptions of two new species (Lepidoptera, Gracillariidae). ZooKeys, 98: 29-82.
  • Hall et al., 2021. The Moths of North Carolina - website (identification, habitats and life history)
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Species Page at Mass Moths
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