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Ectoedemia (Ectoedemia) intimella (Zeller, 1848)

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Nepticula intimella Zeller, 1848
Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:


The species is distributed in most parts of Europe, except Portugal, the large Mediterranean islands, the southern Balkans and parts of eastern Europe (Karsholt & Nieukerken 2010). Kurz & Kurz (2010) report a vertical distribution from 400 - 1000 m a.s.l.


Adequate biotopes for the species are gallery forests, edges and clearings of woodland, but also woods along high moors, provided that the food plant of the larva is present. Larvae have been found feeding from September till November, indicating only one generation per year (Kurz & Kurz 2010).

Stages in development:

Salzburg, Flachgau, Eugendorf, Unzing, Wörlemoos, 1989.09.30, leg. Marion & Michael Kurz, coll. Michael Kurz      
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view

Larva. The larva feeds in leafes of broad leafed willows. Kurz & Kurz (2010) document at least Salix caprea as a certain foodplant. Here, the larva first feeds in the petiole and only when full fed, enters the leaf und produces a blotch with the frass heaped at the place, where the larva entered the leaf.

Worth knowing:


Karsholt, O. & E. J. van Nieukerken 2010. Nepticulidae. In - Karsholt, O. & E. J. van Nieukerken (eds.). Lepidoptera, Moths. – Fauna Europaea version 2.2., http://www.faunaeur.org [online 14 December 2010].
Kurz, M. A. & M. E. Kurz 2000–2010. Naturkundliches Informationssystem. – URL: http://www.nkis.info [online 14 December 2010].

Publication data:

Kurz Michael: 2010.12.17
Kurz Michael: 2015.12.02
not reviewed