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Phyllocnistis populiella Phyllocnistis populiella larva (in red circle) and leaf mine in Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides) leaf. Geotagged,Leafminer,Phyllocnistis populiella,Populus tremuloides,Summer,United States,quaking aspen Click/tap to enlarge Species introCountry intro

Phyllocnistis populiella

Phyllocnistis populiella larva (in red circle) and leaf mine in Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides) leaf.

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  1. Nice one! It looks like this was a popular leaf! Posted 8 months ago
    1. Poplars are a popular wildlife food. Posted 8 months ago

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The common aspen leaf miner or aspen serpentine leafminer is a moth of the family Gracillariidae. It is found in northern North America, including Alberta, Massachusetts, Ontario and Alaska.



The larvae feed on ''Populus tremuloides'' and balsam poplar. The larvae feed on the contents of epidermal cells on both top and bottom surfaces of quaking aspen leaves, leaving the photosynthetic tissue of the mesophyll intact. This type of feeding is taxonomically restricted to a small.. more

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Uploaded Mar 13, 2019. Captured Jul 10, 2017 20:32 in 4408 Miller Rd, Barnum, MN 55707, USA.
  • SAMSUNG-SM-G930A
  • f/1.7
  • 1/50s
  • ISO80
  • 4.2mm