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Stigmella ogygia (Senecio leaf miner moth)

Kingdom:   Animalia
Phylum:     Arthropoda
Class:        Insecta
Order:       Lepidoptera
Family:      Nepticulidae
Genus:      Stigmella
Species:     S. ogygia
Binomial name: Stigmella ogygia
Synonyms:  Nepticula ogygia, Nepticula tricentra, Nepticula erechtitus.
Common name:   Senecio leaf miner moth 

Stigmella ogygia is a moth of found in New Zealand.  The length of the forewings is about 3 mm. Adults have been recorded in March, July and from September to December. Reared specimens hatched in January, April, May and August. There are probably continuous generations throughout the year.
The larvae feed on Senecio biserratus and Senecio minimus. They mine the leaves of their host plant. The mine is narrow, serpentine and close to the upper epidermal layer, widening terminally. The frass is deposited medially. Larva have been recorded from April to September and in November and December. They are 3–4 mm long and pale green.
The cocoon is made of brown silk and is located against the stem of the food plant.

A leaf with the larva's feeding tracks.