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Published: 2019-07-16
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Discovery of leaf-mining Tischeriidae (Lepidoptera) in Colombia and their distribution in the Neotropics

Nature Research Centre and Baltic-American Biotaxonomy Institute, Akademijos St. 2, Vilnius 08412, Lithuania. Vytautas Magnus University, K. Donelaičio St. 58, Kaunas 44248, Lithuania.
Nature Research Centre and Baltic-American Biotaxonomy Institute, Akademijos St. 2, Vilnius 08412, Lithuania. Vytautas Magnus University, K. Donelaičio St. 58, Kaunas 44248, Lithuania.
Jardín Botánico de Bogotá José Celestino Mutis, Av. Calle 63 No. 68-95, Bogotá, and Laboratorio de Entomología, Departamento de Biología, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Carrera 7, No. 43-82, Bogotá, Colombia.
Lepidoptera Asteraceae Astrotischeria colombiana Astrotischeria ochrimaculosa fauna leaf miners leaf mines Malvaceae new species Tischeriidae trumpet leafminer moths


This is the first report of the family Tischeriidae in Colombia. We describe two new species recently discovered in the department of Valle del Cauca in southwestern Colombia: Astrotischeria ochrimaculosa Diškus, Stonis & Vargas, sp. nov., and A. colombiana Stonis & Vargas, sp. nov. The latter is a leaf miner of Asteraceae, while A. ochrimaculosa is trophically associated with Malvaceae. Astrotischeria colombiana is known only from Colombia, but A. ochrimaculosa is more widely distributed from Colombia to Peru. The new species are illustrated with photographs of their habitats, adults, male and female genitalia, and leaf mines. We comment on the rarity of tischeriids in collections and their current known distribution in the Neotropics.



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