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Ectoedemia (Ectoedemia) atricollis (Stainton, 1857)

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Nepticula atricollis Stainton, 1857
Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:
Nepticula aterrima Wocke, 1865
Nepticula atricolella Doubleday, 1859
Nepticula staphyleae Zimmermann, 1944


The species is widespread in Europe, but records are missing from north-eastern Europe, the Iberian peninsula, Sardinia, Sicily and the southern Balkans (Karsholt & Nieukerken 2010). Vertical records have been documented so far from 250 - 800 m a.s.l. (Kurz & Kurz 2010).


E. atricollis inhabits partly sunny edges and clearings of woodland, deciduous forests, but also Parks. The species is univoltine, with imagines in May and June. The larvae can be found feeding from the end of August till October (Kurz & Kurz 2010).

Stages in development:

The larva feeds in a blotch on Malus dasyphylla Borkhausen: Salzburg, Osterhorn group, Elsbethen, Trockene Klammen, 2003.08.16 Mine on Malus domestica: Salzburg, Flachgau, Bergheim, Muntigl, 1993.10.10, leg. et coll. Michael Kurz Mine on Crataegus monogyna: Netherlands, Kruidberg Mine on Pyrus sp.: Styria, near Bad Blumau, Bierbaum, 2006.10.13, leg. Puchmayr Gertraud & Kurz Michael, coll. Michael Kurz
Picture from: Kurz Michael
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Picture from: Kurz Michael
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Picture from: Kurz Michael
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Mine on Prunus avium: Lower Austria, Korneuburg, Bisamberg, 2007.09.23, leg. Marion & Michael Kurz, coll. Michael Kurz      
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Larva. The larvae feed on the leafes of various rosaceous trees, like Crataegus, Malus, Pyrus and Prunus avium, but also on Staphylea pinnata (Kurz & Kurz 2010). The mine starts as a gallery, which widens considerably and leads to an irregular 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: 2015.11.12
Kurz Michael: 2015.11.18
Kurz Michael: 2015.12.02
not reviewed