Caloptilia triadicae

330165.00 — 0644.1 — Caloptilia triadicae Davis, 2013

Larval Host(s)

Presumed main host
on Block Island:

Known hosts:
Acalypha spp. (?)

Triadica sebifera, Acalypha (?)


This species feeds on Chinese tallow (Triadica sebifera), an invasive species in the southeast US. The single Block Island record of this species, as well as several other records north of the range of the only known host, suggests that the species utilizes at least one other host.


  • Species Page at Moth Photographers Group
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: Some specimens shown may not be sequenced. DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness not proof of identification.
  • Davis, D.R., Fox, M.S. & R.F. Hazen, 2013. Systematics and biology of Caloptilia triadicae (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae), a new species of leaf-mining moth of the invasive Chinese tallow tree (Triadica sebifera (L.) Euphorbiaceae). Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, 67(4): 281-290.
  • Hall et al., 2021. The Moths of North Carolina - website (identification, habitats and life history)
  • Species Page at BugGuide