Schlaeger’s fruitworm moth

(Antaeotricha schlaegeri)

               
Hodges #

1101

Schlaeger’s fruitworm moth

 

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not listed

NatureServe

NNR - Unranked

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common

Flight/Season

April to August

Habitat/Hosts

White oak and other oaks

Size

Total Length: 7 16 to (11 to 15 mm)

Wingspan: 13 16 to 11 16 (21 to 27 mm)

Photo by Alfredo Colon
 
Identification

Schlaeger’s fruitworm moth is a small moth but a large grass miner moth. It is common in the United States east of the Great Plains and in adjacent Canadian provinces. Adults resemble a bird dropping. They are 7 16 to (11 to 15 mm) long and have a wingspan of 13 16 to 11 16 (21 to 27 mm).

The finger-like sensory organs (labial palps) attached to the mouth are very long. They curve upward in front of the head well beyond the middle of the face. On the thorax there is an erect tuft of bluish-black scales. The forewings are white, long, narrow, and more or less pointed at the tip. There are pale gray bands in the basal area, the median area, and the subterminal area. The hindwing is much narrower than the forewing.

 
Similar
Species

 

 
Larval Food

Leaves of mostly white oak, but also other oaks

 
Adult Food

 

 
Life Cycle

 

 
Behavior

Adults are active at night and will visit lights.

Larvae eat only the middle leaf tissues, leaving intact the waxy upper and lower outer layers (cuticles). They create pale tunnels as they eat. The placement and shape of the tunnels, and the presence of frass, are identifying features of leaf miners. Many leaf miner species are plant specialists, and can be identified simply by noting the species of the host plant.

 
Distribution Distribution Map  

Sources: 21, 24, 27, 29, 30, 75.

 
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Taxonomy

Order:

Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)

 

Suborder:

Glossata

 

Infraorder:

Neolepidoptera

 

Parvorder:

Heteroneura

 

No Rank:

Ditrysia

 

Superfamily:

Gelechioidea

 

Family:

Elachistidae (grass miner moths)

 

Subfamily:

Stenomatinae

 
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Common
Names

Schlaeger’s fruitworm moth

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Palp

Short for pedipalp. A segmented, finger-like process of an arthropod; one is attached to each maxilla and two are attached to the labium. They function as sense organs in spiders and weapons in scorpions. Plural: palpi.

 

 

 

 

 

       
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Alfredo Colon
8/31/2019

Location: Woodbury, Minnesota

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Created: 9/27/2019

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