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Micropterix species (Durmitor) in litt.

(zoological nomenclature: nomen nudum, not available)

Habit:

     
: Montenegro, between Niksic and Krstac, 2011.06.07, leg. J. Neumayer, coll. Michael Kurz      
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view
     

Description of adults: Examined: 1 . Forewing length: 3.8 mm. Head black; vestiture of hari-like scales on the head light ochreous yellow; antennae 3/5 () of forewing length, dark brown, bronzy golden shining; thorax bronzy golden, posteriorly purplish, tegulae purple; forewings purple with bronzy golden markings: inner margin bronzy golden from basis to 2/5, then reddish to the medial fascia; a moderately broad fascia at 1/4, inwardly oblique; a moderately broad fascia at 1/2, outwardly oblique and interrupted in anterior half; a bronzy golden costal spot at 3/5; a broad, triangle-shaped fascia at 3/4 nearly across the whole wing width, but not quite reaching outer margin; apex except for the outermost purple tip bronzy golden; fringe bronzy golden, purplish basally; hindwings grey with purplish tinge; fringe bronzy golden with coppery reflections; abdomen dark brown, bronzy golden shining.

Distribution:

The taxon is known from a single female only from the Durmitor mountain range in Montenegro from a height of appr. 900 m a.s.l. (Kurz & Kurz 2019).

Biology:

The animal has been found by J. Neumayer in a blossom of an unidentified species of Rosa sp.

Diagnosis:

The above described female is externally very similar to Micropterix igaloensis Amsel, 1951. It differs however by its bronzy golden markings, the presence of a bronzy golden inner margin and the almost complete absence of a bronzy golden outer margin. Furthermore, the fascia at 1/4 reaches the costa, whereas in M. igaloensis, the tip of this fascia is far from the costa. The taxonomic status of the animal is unclear however, due to the lack of further material.

Worth knowing:

Sources:

Kurz, M. A. & M. E. Kurz 2019. Naturkundliches Informationssystem. URL: https: wwww.nkis.info [online 2019.09.04].

Publication data:

history:
Kurz Michael: 2019.06.23
Kurz Michael: 2019.09.04
Kurz Michael: 2019.09.09
not reviewed

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