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Ectoedemia (Ectoedemia) hannoverella (Glitz, 1872)

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Nepticula hannoverella Glitz, 1872
Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:


E. hannoverella is distributed in many European countries, except Portugal, the British isles, Iceland, large parts of Scandinavia and eastern Europe, the large Mediterranean islands and the southern Balkans (Karsholt & Nieukerken 2010). Its vertical distribution is documented very poorly so far (435 - 520 m a.s.l. following Kurz & Kurz 2010).


Biotopes of the species are clearings and edges of woods, deciduous forests and parks with the foodplant of the larva. Here, the imagines are on the wing in May, whereas the larvae feed in October, thus giving rise to only one generation per year (Kurz & Kurz 2010).

Stages in development:

Mine on Populus nigra: Upper Austria, Salzkammergut, Mondsee, Keuschen, 1993.10.30, leg. Marion & Michael Kurz, coll. Michael Kurz      
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view

Larva. The larva feeds monophagous on Populus nigra, preferring tall trees. It first lives in the petiole of a leaf and only when nearly fullfed, enters the blade of the leaf near the petiole. Here, it produces a blotch, with the frass heaped near the petiole. Attacked leafes are very conspicious in autumn after they have fallen to the ground, since the area around the blotch stays green for a long time in the otherwise bright yellow 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 29 December 2010].

Publication data:

Kurz Michael: 2011.01.12
Kurz Michael: 2015.11.26
not reviewed