Phyllocnistis (genus)

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Author(s): Jeffrey W. Lotz, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
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Phyllocnistis Zeller, 1848

This genus of very small leafminer moths contains nearly 100 species. The larvae mine the leaves of various trees and shrubs. Phyllocnistis includes several agricultural pests, above all the citrus leafminer, Phyllocnistis citrella which is common in many citrus-growing regions with the larvae mining the young leaves.

The adults in this genus are tiny and typically have a wingspan of less than 5 mm. The forewings are elongated, predominantly white and marked with yellow to orange, longitudinal and oblique stripes, often bordered by gray or black. The hindwings very narrow and have a with wide fringe of hair-like scales.

Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: