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Stigmella desperatella (Frey, 1856)

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Nepticula desperatella Frey, 1856: 374.
Type locality: Switzerland, [Zürich]
Type: Lectotype : Switzerland, [Zürich], [on wild apple], leg. Frey, in coll. NHM, London.

Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:
Nepticula pyricola Wocke, 1877: 49. Type locality: Poland, Obernigk. Junior subjective synonym.

Habit:

     
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Distribution:

The species is found from Estonia to the Pyrenees, Italy and Bulgaria, and from Great Britain to Ukraine (Nieukerken 2016).

Biology:

     
Salzburg, city of Salzburg, Gnigl, e.l. 2016.07.06      
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Adults are on wing in June (Nieukerken 2016).

Stages in development:

 
Mines on Malus domestica: Salzburg, Flachgau, Eugendorf, Sophiensiedlung, 2002.08.26 Salzburg, Flachgau, Eugendorf, Pebering, 2005.09.15 Salzburg, Flachgau, Thalgau, 1988.10.01, leg. et coll. Michael Kurz  
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view
 

Larva. The larvae are bright green. They feed on the leafes of Malus baccata, Malus domestica, Malus sylvestris and Pyrus communis. The mine starts as a narrow corridor, often following a vein or the leaf margin. Later sections are much wider and contorted, often forming a secondary blotch. The frass is concentrated in a narrow central line. There may be several mines in a single leaf (Nieukerken 2016).

Worth knowing:

Sources:

Frey, H. 1856. Die Tineen und Pterophoren der Schweiz. – Zürich.
Nieukerken, E. J. van 2016. Nepticulidae and Opostegidae of the world. - URL: http://nepticuloidea.info/ [online 2016.05.11].

Publication data:

history:
Kurz Michael: 2005.08.28
Kurz Michael: 2010.09.14
Kurz Michael: 2015.11.18
Kurz Michael: 2016.05.11
Kurz Michael: 2017.07.27
Kurz Michael: 2018.06.06
not reviewed

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