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Lampronia flavimitrella (Hübner, [1817])

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Tinea flavimitrella Hübner, [1817]: pl. 64 fig. 429
Type locality: None given
Type: Not designated

Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:
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Habit:

   
: Salzburg, Flachgau, Hallwang, Söllheim, 1966.05.14, leg. Fritz Mairhuber, coll. Haus der Natur, Salzburg : Toscana, Firenze, Marradi, Badia Valle, 430 m, 2001.05.26, leg. Usvelli A., coll. Museo Friulano    
Picture from: Kurz Michael
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Picture from: Kurz Michael
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Description of adults: Examined: 2 , 3 . Forewing length: 6.3 - 6.95 mm, 6.0 - 6.3 mm.
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Head black brown; vestiture of hair-like scales on the head straw-yellow to beige, face somewhat distantly scaled, cacao-brown; eyes semiglobular, 0.3 - 0.35 mm in diameter; distance of eyes slightly more than the diameter of an eye (frontally); labial palpi relatively short, 0.55 mm long, somewhat diverging, straightly directed ahead and downwards, cacao-brown; antennae about 2/5, light brown, delicately and shortly ciliated; basis of antennae dorsally silvery white; thorax and tegulae cacao-brown, slightly bronzen-golden shining; forewings also cacao-brown, intensively bronzy golden shining, with white markings: At about 1/5 an outwardly oblique, elongte, narrow spot at the inner margin, reaching nearly across half of the wing width; at the inner margin, slightly basally of the tornus an elongate, narrow spot across 1/3 of the wing width, emanating into the fringe; at 3/5 a small costal spot; fringe consisting of two rows of scales, the proximal one like the ground colour, bronzy golden shining, the distal one white, golden shining; hindwings with moderately broad scales, basally not completely covering the wing membrane, light greyish brown, bronzy shining; the costal margin diffuse, whitish; fringe like the ground colour, bronzy golden shining, at apex and along outer margin whitish distally, but not as distinct as on the forewing; underside of all wings light greyish brown, light coppery shining, nealy devoid of any markings; forewings diffuse whitish at the inner margin; fringe like on the upperside; legs light greyish brown, bronzy golden shining, laterally partly whitish; foretibia with epiphysis; femur of midleg with a long tuft of hair-like scales; midtibia with a pair of spurs at the distal end; hindtibia thickened, with a weak tuft of hair-like scales and a pair of long spurs each in the middle and at the distal end; abdomen light brownish grey, weakly bronzy golden shining, ventrally whitish.

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Vestiture of hair-like scales on the head rusty yellow; forewing markings yellowish-white; forewings with two moderately broad, somewhat irregular, straight cross-fasciae at about 1/4 and 3/5 across the whole wing width; at 1/4 a small costal spot; posterior margins of abdominal segments white on underside.

Remarks: The variability of the white markings is quite pronounced. The spots may be enlarged and elongated, thus forming an almost continuous fascia distally, whereas proximally an additional costal spot may be present.

Distribution:

L. flavimitrella has been recorded from Italy and the British Isles throughout central Europe to Fennoscandia and the Baltic states, as well as from Romania and the eastern part of European Russia (Karsholt & Nieukerken 2004). In Asian Russia, the species is known from the Amur and Primorye regions, as well as from the Kuriles (Dubatolov 2009). Its occurence in Japan has also been reported (anonymous 2009a). Vertically, only few data are available, which reach from the colline to the sub mountain level (Kurz et al. 2009).

Biology:

The species is known to inhabit alluvial forests, where Rubus caesius, the foodplant of the larva, grows plentiful. Other data about the biology of the species are not available (Kurz et al. 2009). The imagines have been found on the wing in May (n=3 only).

Anatomy:

genitalia, prep.-no. 539, M. Kurz: Salzburg, Flachgau, Salzachau, 1906.05.24, leg. Eisendle, coll. Haus der Natur, Salzburg genitalia in higher magnification, prep.-no. 539, M. Kurz: Salzburg, Flachgau, Salzachau, 1906.05.24, leg. Eisendle, coll. Haus der Natur, Salzburg genitalia, aedeagus, prep.-no. 539, M. Kurz: Salzburg, Flachgau, Salzachau, 1906.05.24, leg. Eisendle, coll. Haus der Natur, Salzburg -genitalia, prep.-no. 594, M. Kurz: Salzburg, city of Salzburg, 1964.05.23, leg. Fritz Mairhuber, coll. Haus der Natur, Salzburg
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view
     
-genitalia, tip of ovipositor, prep.-no. 594, M. Kurz: Salzburg, city of Salzburg, 1964.05.23, leg. Fritz Mairhuber, coll. Haus der Natur, Salzburg      
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view
     

Worth knowing:

Sources:

anonymous 2009a. An Identification Guide of Japanese Moths Compiled by Everyone. URL: http://www.jpmoth.org [online 13 October, 2009].
Dubatolov, V. V. 2009. Collection of Siberian Zoological Museum: Incurvariidae. http://szmn.sbras.ru/Lepidop/Incurvar.htm [online 15 September 2009].
Hübner, J. 1796–1836 ["1796"] a. Sammlung europäischer Schmetterlinge. Horde 8. Tineae-Schaben: [1]–[12]+13–70+[71]–[78], pls 2–71. Augsburg. Continued by C. Geyer.
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 12 October 2009].

Publication data:

history:
Kurz Michael: 2009.10.13
Kurz Michael: 2015.04.16
Kurz Michael: 2015.05.03
Kurz Michael: 2018.09.19
Kurz Michael: 2018.10.08
Kurz Michael: 2018.10.31
not reviewed

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