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33a0285 – 0773   Macrosaccus morrisella (Fitch, 1859)

Reared - © M. J. Hatfield
Distribution: Type locality: not given, possibly Salem, NY (Davis & De Prins 2011).
Larva and
Host Plants:
Amphicarpa bracteata (American hog peanut).
Similar Species:
  • Macrosaccus robiniella (Clemens, 1859) lacks well defined forewing basal streak and basal strigulae are more oblique.
  • Macrosaccus uhlerella (Fitch, 1859) lacks well defined forewing basal streak.
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Argyromiges morrisella Fitch, 1859
Lithocolletis amphicarpeaella Chambers, 1877
Lithocolletis texanella Zeller, 1876
Taxonomic Notes: Macrosaccus morrisella (Fitch, 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: 291.
  • 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
  • Species Page at
  • Zeller, P.C., 1875. Beiträge zur Kenntniss der nordamericanischen Nachtfalter, besonders der Microlepidopteren. Verhandlungen der Kaiserlich-Königlichen Zoologisch-Botanischen Gesellschaft in Wien, 25: 207-360.
Macrosaccus morrisella
© M. J. Hatfield
Macrosaccus morrisella
© Davis & DePrins
Macrosaccus morrisella
6mm - LG – © Jim Vargo
Macrosaccus morrisella
LG – © Kyle Johnson
Macrosaccus morrisella
6mm – © Microleps.Org

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