Phyllonorycter alnicolella ( Walsingham, 1889 )

Eiseman, Charles S. & Davis, Donald R., 2020, Wrong side of the leaf: assigning some Lithocolletinae species (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae) to their proper genera, Zootaxa 4751 (2), pp. 201-237: 209-211

publication ID

https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4751.2.1

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DOI

http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3718109

persistent identifier

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scientific name

Phyllonorycter alnicolella ( Walsingham, 1889 )
status

 

Phyllonorycter alnicolella ( Walsingham, 1889)  ( Figs. 25–26View FIGURES 25–26)

Lithocolletis alnicolella Walsingham 1889: 80  .

Phyllonorycter alnicolella (Walsingham)  — Davis 1983: 10.

Leaf mine. On the upper leaf surface; no further details recorded.

Host. Betulaceae  : Alnus incana  (L.) Moench.

Distribution. USA: CA; additional records given below require confirmation.

Review. Walsingham (1889) described this species from specimens reared from upper-surface mines on Alnus incana  collected on Mt. Shasta, Siskiyou Co., California ( Fig. 25View FIGURES 25–26). Mines were collected in August and adults emerged in the same month. He noted that his chief reason for regarding this species as distinct from P. alni (Walsingham)  , reared by Chambers (1875b, as Lithocolletis alnivorella Chambers  ) in Colorado, was that the latter species feeds on the underside of the leaf. Braun (1908) never saw specimens of either species and stated that no type of P. alni  is in existence. Brower (1984) reported Phyllonorycter alnicolella  from Maine, based on caught specimens that may have been misidentified (he also listed one specimen of P. alni  from New Hampshire). Pohl et al. (2015, 2018) tentatively listed it from British Columbia, noting that the identification requires confirmation. Pohl et al. (2018) also reported this species from Ontario and Quebec; these records are based on collection inventory from the Laurentian Forestry Centre collection in Quebec City and likewise have not been verified (G. Pohl, in litt.).

Comments. Phyllonorycter alnicolella  and P. alni  are possibly synonymous, but adults reared from both upper- and lower-surface mines (and from both California and Colorado) will need to be dissected and compared before a decision can be made about this.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Lepidoptera

Family

Gracillariidae

Genus

Phyllonorycter

Loc

Phyllonorycter alnicolella ( Walsingham, 1889 )

Eiseman, Charles S. & Davis, Donald R. 2020
2020
Loc

Lithocolletis alnicolella

Walsingham, Lord & de Grey, T. 1889: 80
Loc

Phyllonorycter alnicolella (Walsingham)

Davis, D. R. 1983: 10