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Stigmella alaternella (Le Marchand, 1937)

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Nepticula alaternella Le Marchand, 1937: 234.
Type: Syntypes : in coll. MNHN, Paris (Nieukerken 2014)

Habit:

     
, schematic      
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view
     

Description of adults: Wing expanse: 4.6-5.4 mm; head rusty yellow to rusty brown; collare yellowish; forewings black-brown, roughly scaled, with a white spot in tornus; cilia light grey (Lastuvka & Lastuvka 1997).

Distribution:

The species is distributed from Liguria (Italy) and southern France to the Iberian peninsula (Lastuvka & Lastuvka 1997, Karsholt & Nieukerken 2011).

Biology:

Following Lastuvka & Lastuvka (1997), the species inhabits bushy biotopes and macchia. Here, the imagines fly in two generations per year in April, May and from August to October.

Stages in development:

     
Mine, schematic      
Picture from: Kurz Michael (redrawn from Lastuvka & Lastuvaka)
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Larva: The larvae are greenish-yellow and feed on Rhamnus alaternus (Lastuvka & Lastuvka 1997). Initially, the mine is a narrow gallery, abruptly widening into a large blotch. The cocoon is whitish.

Anatomy:

   
-genitalia, schematic -genitalia, schematic    
Picture from: Kurz Michael (redrawn from Lastuvka & Lastuvaka)
Detailed view
Picture from: Kurz Michael (redrawn from Lastuvka & Lastuvaka)
Detailed view
   

Worth knowing:

Sources:

Karsholt, O. & E. J. van Nieukerken 2011. Nepticulidae. In - Karsholt, O. & E. J. van Nieukerken (eds.). Lepidoptera, Moths. – Fauna Europaea version 2.4, http://www.faunaeur.org [online 2014.02.10].
Lastuvka, A. und Z. Lastuvka 1997. Nepticulidae Mitteleuropas. Ein illustrierter Begleiter (Lepidoptera). Konvoj, 230pp.
Le Marchand S. 1937. Revue l´Amateur de Papillons 8: 233-239.
Nieukerken, E. J. van 2014: Nepticulidae and Opostegidae of the world. - URL: http://nepticuloidea.info/ [online 2014.02.10].

Publication data:

history:
Kurz Michael: 2014.02.14
Kurz Michael: 2014.02.15
Kurz Michael: 2016.05.11
Kurz Michael: 2016.06.26
not reviewed

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