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Lampronia argilella (Zeller, 1851)

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Incurvaria argilella Zeller, 1851: 311
Type locality: Austria, near Vienna
Type: Syntypes , , in coll. BMNH ?

Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:


Description of adults: Following original description (Zeller 1851). Forewing length about 9 mm (3.5 - 3.75 lines). Vestiture of hair-like scales on the head rusty yellow; labial palpi long, staright, ochreous yellow, the second segment with some setae; antennae about 1/2 of forewing length, simple brown; thorax and tegulae of clay-like to yellow colour; forewings elongate, devoid of any marking, of light yellowish clay-like colour, golden shining; costal margin from the basis to about 1/3 dark brown in a delicate line; fringe of the same colour, slightly lighter; hindwings elongate, dark grey, with lanceolate scales not completely covering the wing membrane; fringe yellowish-grey, more yellowish towards the tornus; underside grey, forewings with translucent yellow, their costal margin blackish in a delicate line; legs greyish brown, distally yellowish, hindtibiae and tarsi yellow; abdomen grey on the upperside, anal segments sick yellow like the underside.


L. argilella has been recorded from Austria and Slovakia (Karsholt & Nieukerken 2004), whereas records from Romania are doubtful (Rákosy et al., 2003). Following Zagulajev (1978), the species has been found also in the Caucasus mountains.


There aren´t any data available about the bilogy of L. argilella.

Stages in development:

The early stages are unknown.


From most other unicolorous species, like Lampronia splendidella (Heinemann, 1870), L. argilella may be readily distinguished by its bigger size. Large specimens of Incurvaria koerneriella (Zeller, 1839) or some forms of Incurvaria triglavensis Hauder, 1912 can be distinguished by the antennae, which are more delicate and ciliated in L. argilella [?].

Worth knowing:


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].
Rákosy, L., M. Goia & Z. Kovács 2003. Catalogul Lepidopterelor României. Verzeichnis der Schmetterlinge Rumäniens; Cluj Napoca Societata Lepidopterologica Româna : 1 - 44
Pellmyr, O. 1996. Lampronia argillella Zeller. Version 01 January 1996 (under construction). http://tolweb.org/Lampronia_argillella/12356/1996.01.01 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/.
Zagulajev, A. K. 1978. Incurvariidae. in G.S. Medvedev (ed.): Keys to the insects of the europaean part of the USSR, Vol.IV: Lepidoptera, part 1 (english translation), Oxonian Press Pvt.Ltd., New Dehli, 1987
Zeller, P. C. 1851. Drei Schabengattungen: Incurvaria, Micropteryx und Nemophora; Linnaea Entomologica 5: 301 - 362, pl. 1.

Publication data:

Kurz Michael: 2009.10.28
Kurz Michael: 2009.10.29
not reviewed