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Ectoedemia (Fomoria) weaveri (Stainton, 1855)

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Nepticula weaveri Stainton, 1855
Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:
Nepticula weaverella Doubleday, 1859


Following Karsholt & Nieukerken, the species has been recorded from Great Britain, central and northern Europe, Italy and north-eastern Europe. The vertical distribution reaches from 750 to 1500 m a.s.l. to present knowledge (Kurz & Kurz 2010).


The species preferably inhabits dwarf-shrub vegetation on high moors or in open coniferous woods (Kurz & Kurz 2010). Imagines are on the wing in July, larvae have been documented from April to June (probably overwintering).

Stages in development:

mine: Salzburg, Flachgau, Koppl, 2005.04.22      
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view

Larva. The species is strictly monophagous, feeding exclusively on Vaccinium vitis-idaea. Here, the larva feeds in a contorted gallery in a leave first, which leads to a brownish blotch, containing a central patch of frass.

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: 2006.11.11
Kurz Michael: 2010.12.16
not reviewed