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Stigmella luteella (Stainton, 1857)

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Nepticula luteella Stainton, 1857: 110.
Type locality: Great Britain, Dartford Heath
Type: Lectotype : Great Britain, Dartford Heath, 22.vi.1852 (Stainton); genitalia preparation: BM 21620, in coll. Natural History Museum, London (NHM)

Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:


The species is distributed from the British Isles and France throughout central and northern Europe to the European part of Russia. Records are known also from the northern Balkan (Croatia, Serbia, following Karsholt & Nieukerken, 2004).

Stages in development:

Mine on Betula pendula: Salzburg, Hohe Tauern, Gasteiner Tal, Bad Hofgastein, 2011.10.16 Salzburg, Osterhorngruppe, Ebenau, way to the Watzmannblick, 2002.10.20    
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view

Larva. Following Johansson et al. (1990), the larvae mine the leaves of Betula pendula, Betula pubescens and rarely also Betula nana.

Worth knowing:


Johansson, R., E. S. Nielsen, E. J. van Nieukerken & B. Gustafsson 1990. The Nepticulidae and Opostegidae (Lepidoptera) of North West Europe. Fauna Entomologica Scandinavica, vol. 23, 2 parts, 739 pp., 1122 [54 col.] figures.
Karsholt, O. & E. J. van Nieukerken 2004. Nepticulidae. In - Karsholt, O. & E. J. van Nieukerken (eds.). Lepidoptera, Moths. – Fauna Europaea version 1.1, http://www.faunaeur.org [online 2008.10.16].
Nieukerken, E. J. van 2018. Nepticulidae and Opostegidae of the world. - URL: http://nepticuloidea.info/ [online 2018.11.16].
Stainton, H. T. 1857. Lepidoptera. New British Species in 1856. — The Entomologist´s Annual for MDCCCLVII. Comprising Notices of the New British Insects Detected in 1856: 97-112.

Publication data:

Kurz Michael: 2005.08.28
Kurz Michael: 2015.08.20
Kurz Michael: 2018.11.19
not reviewed