Parectopa robiniella

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Parectopa robiniella
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Gracillariidae
Genus: Parectopa
Species: P. robiniella
Binomial name
Parectopa robiniella
Clemens, 1863

The locust digitate leafminer (Parectopa robiniella) is a moth of the Gracillariidae family. It is native to North America, but was accidentally introduced to Italy, where it was first found in 1970. It has now been recorded from Italy, France, Germany, Slovenia, Croatia, Austria, Slovakia, Romania, Ukraine and Hungary.

Damage
Larva
Cocoon

The wingspan is about 5 mm. The moth flies in two to three generations per year in Hungary.

The larvae feed on Robinia species, including Robinia pseudoacacia. It mines the leaves of the host plant. The common name is derived from "digitate", referring to the "finger-like" excavations all around the margins of the central blotch of the mine.

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