Photo 2. Close-up of mines on noni containing larvae of Antispila species. Note oval missing areas of leaf cut by larvae before falling out on silken threads to pupate on bark or leaves on soil.
Noni shield-bearer moth. This fact sheet is a draft awaiting identification of the moth. Noni, Morinda citrifolia, is a fruit-bearing tree in the coffee family, Rubicaeae, used as a traditional medicine.
Possibily, Antispila species. A moth in the Heliozelidae.
AUTHOR Grahame Jackson, Mani Mua & Emeline Ahoafi
Information from Charley Eiseman (2019) Leafminer of North America (1st Edition). (http://charleyeiseman.com/leafminers/); and Antispila. Wikipedia. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antispila); and from Miller L et al. (2018) A preliminary molecular phylogeny of shield-bearer moths (Lepidoptera: Adeloidea: Heliozelidae) highlights rich undescribed diversity. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 120:129-143.
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