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Ectoedemia (Ectoedemia) heringi (Toll, 1934)

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Nepticula heringi Toll, 1934
Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:
Nepticula quercifoliae Toll, 1943
Nepticula sativella Klimesch, 1936
Nepticula zimmermanni Hering, 1942


The species is distributed in most parts of western, south-western and central Europe, in parts of eastern Europe and in the western Balkans (Karsholt & Nieukerken 2010). The vertical distribution is poorly documented so far (500 - 760 m a.s.l. following Kurz & Kurz 2010).


E. heringi has been found on the edges of mixed deciduous woods, especially mixed beech forests. Here, the larvae were feeding in October (Kurz & Kurz 2010).

Stages in development:

Mine on Quercus robur: Salzburg, Flachgau, Kasern, 1988.10.24, leg. et coll. Michael Kurz      
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view

Larva. So far, the larva has been found feeding only on Quercus robur, but is said to feed also on other deciduous oaks (Kurz & Kurz 2010). The mine starts as a short slender gallery, which follows a vein towards the midrib or follows the midrib. It abruptly leads to a more or less rectangular blotch.

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: 2015.12.02
not reviewed