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Leaf miner

Marmara opuntiella

Description:

Pattern in a prickly pear leaf made by a leaf miner. "A leaf miner is the larva of an insect that lives in and eats the leaf tissue of plants. The vast majority of leaf-mining insects are moths (Lepidoptera), sawflies (Symphyta) and flies (Diptera), though beetles and wasps also exhibit this behavior." -Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaf_miner... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marmara_opu...

Habitat:

Semi desert.

Notes:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaf_miner... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marmara_opu...

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11 Comments

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 7 years ago

Gracias Juan Carlos. A mi me llamó mucho la atención. Saludos.

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 7 years ago

Thank you Lauren.

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 7 years ago

Love this Luis. Leaf Miner patterns are fascinating. I've never seen one on cactus before.

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 7 years ago

Thanks Jakubko

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 7 years ago

Spectacular! This is awesome!

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 7 years ago

Yes I know John, thank you again.

John La Salle
John La Salle 7 years ago

Not sure it actually is that species - given that there could be more than one thing that do this, and we couldn't even dig up a picture of the mine. Maybe someone else out there will know more about gracillariids and might be able to comment.

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 7 years ago

Hi John La Salle, thank you very much for your ID and the links.

John La Salle
John La Salle 7 years ago

Hi Luis.
Lovely picture. I would agree with Lenny that it might very well be a moth - it certainly looks like a moth mine. I tried to come up with a similar picture - but couldn't find one. I did a Google search on "Opuntia Gracillariidae" and came up with a reference to a small moth which forms mines on Opuntia.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marmara_opu...
Unfortunately I can't seem to come up with a picture of the mine. Gracillariidae is a family of small moths which are primarily leaf miners.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gracillarii...

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 7 years ago

Thank you Lenny Worthington for the ID.

LennyWorthington
LennyWorthington 7 years ago

This was made by the larvae of a Leaf Mining insect.Most likely a moth.
Check wiki

LuisStevens
Spotted by
LuisStevens

San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí, Mexico

Spotted on Dec 16, 2012
Submitted on May 3, 2013

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