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Lampronia corticella (Linné, 1758)

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Phalaena (Tinea) corticella Linnaeus, 1758: 539.
Type locality: Sweden
Type: in coll. BMNH ?

Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:
Tinea rubiella Bjerkander, 1781


: Salzburg, Flachgau, Thalgau, location 13/1, 1988.06.03, coll. Michael Kurz      
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view

Description of adults: Examined: 3 , 2 . Forewing length: 5.6 - 6.3 mm, 5.3 - 5.8 mm. Head dark brown; vestiture of hair-like scales on the head somewhat distant, rusty yellow; face more smoothly scaled, yellowish; eyes brown, semiglobular, about 0.35 mm in diameter; maxillary palpi well developed, somewhat distantly scaled, yellowish; labial palpi directed ahead, about 0.6 mm long, somewhat distantly scaled, yellowish; haustellum well developed; antennae about 1/2 (), respectively, 2/5 () of forewing length, simple; antennae of male brown, scarcely scaled, yellowish shining and densely ciliated; length of ciliae about half the diameter of flagellum; scapus thickened, with some distant, downwardly directed setae; antennae of female scarcely scaled from the basis to about half of its length, distally weakly ciliated; thorax and tegulae umber brown, somewhat bronzy golden shining; forewings umber brown, slightly bronzy golden shining, with yellowish-white to light yellow markings: Two irregular, semicircular, bigger spots at the inner margin at about 1/4 and 1/2 (the latter slightly proximally of the tornus), reaching across nearly 1/3 of the wing width; three small spots near the costa between 1/8 and 1/4; two slightly bigger spots at the costa distally of 1/2 and at 3/4; numerous small spots in the middle of the wing from 1/8 to the outer margin, giving the wing a reticulate appearance; fringe umber brown, coppery shining, at the apex whitish distally; hindwings with broad scales, completely covering the wing membrane, grey-brown, weakly coppery shining; fringe also umber brown, coppery shining; underside similar to the upperside, intensively coppery shining, markings very indistinct; legs light brown, intensively coppery shining; tarsi weakly ringed light and dark; foretibia with epiphysis; midtibia with a pair of spurs at the distal end; hindtibia thickened, with a long pair of spurs each at about 0.6 of the tibial lenght and at the distal end; abdomen light grey-brown at the upperside, intensively coppery shining, whitish at the underside.


In Europe, L. corticella has been found from France and the British Isles throughout central Europe to Scandinavia, the Baltic states and the eastern part of European Russia. Furthermore, records have been given for Italy and Corse, but not for the rest of southern Europe (Karsholt & Nieukerken 2004). The species is also known from Japan (anonymous 2009a) and North America (Hodges et al. 1983), but has not been reported so far from Siberia (Dubatolov 2009). Vertically, only few data are available from the Alps, reaching from 400 - 1500 m a.s.l. (Kurz et al. 2009).


Nectaring on Rubus caesius: Upper Austria, Mattsee, Lochen, Camping Stein, 2008.05.24 The same animal: Upper Austria, Mattsee, Lochen, Camping Stein, 2008.05.24    
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view

The species inhabits clearings and edges of woodland, as well as tall herb vegetation, especially when Rubus idaeus grows in abundance. The imagines are on the wing in one generation from May to July (Kurz et al. 2009).

Stages in development:

Larva. The larva is dark red, with brown head, medially cleft prothoracic plate and a small anal plate. It feeds in buds of Rubus idaeus in May (Meeß 1910).


Because of its wing markings, the species is well characterized and unmistakable.

Worth knowing:


anonymous 2009a. An Identification Guide of Japanese Moths Compiled by Everyone. URL: http://www.jpmoth.org [online 15 September, 2009].
Bjerkander, C. 1781. Kongliga Vetenskaps Academiens Nya Handlingar 2. Stockholm.
Dubatolov, V. V. 2009. Collection of Siberian Zoological Museum: Incurvariidae. http://szmn.sbras.ru/Lepidop/Incurvar.htm [online 15 September 2009].
Hodges, R. W. et al. 1983. Check List of the Lepidoptera of America North of Mexico. E. W. Classey, London, UK. Updated by Jean-François Landry, Don Lafontaine and Jim Troubridge [available on http://www.lepbarcoding.org/cl_nth_am.php]
Karsholt, O. & E. J. van Nieukerken 2004. Prodoxidae. In - Karsholt, O. & E. J. van Nieukerken (eds.). Lepidoptera, Moths. – Fauna Europaea version 1.1, http://www.faunaeur.org [online 26 May 2008].
Kurz, M. A., M. E. Kurz & H. C. Zeller-Lukashort 2000–2009. Naturkundliches Informationssystem. – URL: http://www.nkis.info [online 30 October 2009].
Linnaeus, C. 1758. Systema Naturae, Ed. X. (Systema naturae per regna tria naturae, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis. Tomus I. Editio decima, reformata.) Holmiae. Systema Nat. ed. 10 i-ii + 1-824.
Meeß, A. 1910. Tineides aculeatae. - in A. Spuler: Die Schmetterlinge Europas, Kleinschmetterlinge; unveränderter Nachdruck der S. 188-523 und der Tafeln 81-91, Verlag E.Bauer, Keltern, 1983.

Publication data:

Kurz Michael: 2009.10.30
Kurz Michael: 2010.06.25
Kurz Michael: 2014.02.16
Kurz Michael: 2018.09.19
not reviewed