Caloptilia staintoni

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Caloptilia staintoni
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Gracillariidae
Genus: Caloptilia
Species: C. staintoni
Binomial name
Caloptilia staintoni
(Wollaston, 1858)[1]
  • Gracilaria staintoni Wollaston, 1858

Caloptilia staintoni is a moth of the Gracillariidae family. It is known from the Canary Islands and Madeira.

The larvae feed on Apollonias barbujana, Laurus azorica, Persea americana and Persea indica. They mine the leaves of their host plant. The mine consists of a lower-surface, epidermal corridor, reminding of a snail's trail. In the end, the mine widens into a full depth tentiform mine, with loosely dispersed frass. Older larvae live freely in a leaf cone. Mines are only made on the youngest leaves. Pupation takes place in a shining yellow cocoon.[2]