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Incurvaria vetulella (Zetterstedt, 1839)

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Adela vetulella Zetterstedt, 1839: 1007.
Type locality: inferalpinis Nordlandiae, Evenaes juxta Ofotenfjord [Norway, Evenes]
Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:
Incurvaria kivatshella Kutenkova, 1987: Junior subjective synonym (synonymized by Kozlov 1996).

Habit:

     
: Eastern Tyrol, Lienzer Dolomiten, Laserzwand, 1800 m, 2005.07.03, leg. Helmut Deutsch, coll. Michael Kurz      
Picture from: Kurz Michael
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Description of adults: Examined: 3 . Forewing length: 8.5 - 9.4 mm. Head dark brown; vestiture of hair-like scales on the head brown, between antennae also mixed ochreous, distant; eyes semiglobular, brown, about 0.35 mm in diameter; distance of eyes (frontally) 0.65 - 0.7 mm; maxillary palpi well developed, with somewhat distant scaling, brown, bronzy golden shining; labial palpi slightly convergent, directed upwards and ahead, 0.55 - 0.65 mm in length, distantly brownish scaled, with bronzy golden shimmer; antennae about 3/4 () of forewing length, dark brown, with an irregular, slightly distant crown of scales on each segment; scapus enlarged by an upperside ochreous, underside brown tuft of scales; thorax and tegulae dark brown, intensively bronzy golden shining; forewing dark brown, intensively bronzy golden shining, with yellowish white, shining markings: At 1/3 a triangular spot at inner margin, with broad basis at inner margin, its tip reaching more than 1/3 across the wing width; at about 2/3, basad of tornus a more rounded spot of only half the size, extending into fringe; at costal margin a tiny spot at 9/10 of forewing length; fringe dark brown, intensively bronzy golden shining; hindwing with lanceolate scales, not completely covering the wing membrane, greyish brown, with coppery to violet shimmer; fringe grey-brown intensively coppery shining; underside dark grey-brown with intensive coppery shimmer; on forewing, only the spot basad of tornus well developed; fringe like ground colour; legs dark brown with bronzy golden shimmer; foretibia with epiphysis; midtibia with a pair of spurs at distal end; hindtibia somewhat enlarged, with weak, but long tuft of hair-like scales and a pair of spurs each at about 0.55 of tibial length and at distal end; abdomen dark grey-brown, bronzy golden shining.

Remarks: Animals from Scaninavia show an additional white spot at costal margin of forewing, as well as some small white specks in the distal part of the wing (Huemer 1993).

Distribution:

In Europe, the species is known from Fennoscandia as well as from the mountains of central Europe, Romania and Bulgaria (Karsholt & Nieukerken 2004). I. vetulella has also been recorded from North America (Hodges et al., 1983) and in Asia from central Yakutia (Dubatolov 2009) and Japan (anonymous 2009a).

Anatomy:

-genitalia, prep.-no. 926, M. Kurz, Eastern Tyrol, Lienzer Dolomiten, Laserzwand, 1800 m, 2005.07.03, leg. Helmut Deutsch, coll. Michael Kurz -genitalia, aedeagus in higher magnification, prep.-no. 926, M. Kurz, Eastern Tyrol, Lienzer Dolomiten, Laserzwand, 1800 m, 2005.07.03, leg. Helmut Deutsch, coll. Michael Kurz -genitalia, tip of aedeagus in higher magnification, prep.-no. 926, M. Kurz, Eastern Tyrol, Lienzer Dolomiten, Laserzwand, 1800 m, 2005.07.03, leg. Helmut Deutsch, coll. Michael Kurz -genitalia, valve in higher magnification, prep.-no. 926, M. Kurz, Eastern Tyrol, Lienzer Dolomiten, Laserzwand, 1800 m, 2005.07.03, leg. Helmut Deutsch, coll. Michael Kurz
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, Uncus in higher magnification, prep.-no. 926, M. Kurz, Eastern Tyrol, Lienzer Dolomiten, Laserzwand, 1800 m, 2005.07.03, leg. Helmut Deutsch, coll. Michael Kurz -genitalia, prep.-no. 590, M. Kurz: Salzburg, Kitzbühler Alpen, Hinterglemm, Hintermayerhütte, 1964.07.16, leg. Fritz Mairhuber, coll. Haus der Natur, Salzburg -genitalia, tip of ovipositor, prep.-no. 590, M. Kurz: Salzburg, Kitzbühler Alpen, Hinterglemm, Hintermayerhütte, 1964.07.16, 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
 

Worth knowing:

Sources:

anonymous 2009a. An Identification Guide of Japanese Moths Compiled by Everyone. URL: http://www.jpmoth.org [online 15 September, 2009].
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]
Huemer, P. 1993. Review of the Incurvaria vetulella species-group in the Alps (Lepidoptera: Incurvariidae). Entomologica Scandinavica 24: 109 - 120
Karsholt, O. & E. J. van Nieukerken 2004. Incurvariidae. In - Karsholt, O. & E. J. van Nieukerken (eds.). Lepidoptera, Moths. – Fauna Europaea version 1.1, http://www.faunaeur.org [online 7 March 2009].
Kozlov, M. V. 1996. Incurvariidae and Prodoxidae (Lepidoptera) from Siberia and the Russian Far East, with descriptions of two new species. Entomologica Fennica 7 (2): 55 - 62
Kutenkova 1987.
Zetterstedt, J. W. 1839. Insecta Lapponica. Sectio Quarta. — Sp. [869/870]-1039/1140. Lipsiae.

Publication data:

history:
Kurz Michael: 2009.09.28
Kurz Michael: 2010.01.09
Kurz Michael: 2010.11.22
Kurz Michael: 2012.10.25
Kurz Michael: 2012.11.26
Kurz Michael: 2017.04.26
Kurz Michael: 2018.10.31
not reviewed

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