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33a0117 – 0656   Parectopa plantaginisella (Chambers, 1872)

Charley Eiseman
Distribution: Type locality: Kentucky.
Larva and
Host Plants:
Erigeron (fleabane); originally described as a miner of Plantago virginica, an error subsequently corrected in Chambers (1877).
Similar Species:
  • Parectopa pennsylvaniella has a head which varies from white to brown, not brown with distinct white lines above eyes as in plantaginisella.
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: Gracillaria plantaginisella Chambers, 1872
Gracilaria erigeronella Chambers, 1877
Gracilaria geiella Chambers, 1874
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Chambers, V.T., 1872. Micro-Lepidoptera. The Canadian Entomologist, 4: 10.
  • Chambers, V.T., 1877. Tineina. The Canadian Entomologist, 9: 127.
  • 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
Parectopa plantaginisella
J. C. Jones
Parectopa plantaginisella

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