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Published: 2021-09-21

Most trumpet moths don’t feed on plants of the nettle family but Paratischeria does: the first discovery of Tischeriidae (Lepidoptera) on Urticaceae in Asia

Institute of Ecology, Nature Research Centre, Akademijos St. 2, Vilnius 08412, Lithuania
Institute of Ecology, Nature Research Centre, Akademijos St. 2, Vilnius 08412, Lithuania
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AE, London, United Kingdom
Leafminer Group, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Gannan Normal University, Jiangxi 341000, China
Leafminer Group, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Gannan Normal University, Jiangxi 341000, China
Lepidoptera host plants leaf mines taxonomy trumpet moths


This is the first record of Urticaceae-feeding trumpet moths (Tischeriidae) from Asia. We describe Paratischeria boehmerica Diškus & Stonis, sp. nov. and P. grossa Diškus & Stonis, sp. nov., two distinctive new species of Tischeriidae recently discovered from Laos, South East Asia, feeding on plants of the nettle family. Urticaceae is a rare host-plant family for leaf-mining Tischeriidae worldwide. The new species are illustrated with photographs of the adults, male and female genitalia, and the leaf mines.



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How to Cite

STONIS, J. R. ., DIŠKUS, A. ., MONRO, A. K. ., DAI, X. ., & XU, J. . (2021). Most trumpet moths don’t feed on plants of the nettle family but <em>Paratischeria</em> does: the first discovery of Tischeriidae (Lepidoptera) on Urticaceae in Asia. Zootaxa, 5040(2), 247–264.