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Lampronia intermediella (Heinemann, 1870)

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Incurvaria intermediella Heinemann, 1870: 62-63.
Type locality: Bavaria, Regensburg
Type: destroyed (Karsholt & Nieukerken, 2004)

Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:


Description of adults: Following Pellmyr (1996), the wingspan is 16.5 mm, the forewings are shining yellowish brown, with two cream white spots on termen, including one at tornus.


L. intermediella is reported from Romania and Slovakia, whereas records for Germany are said to be doubtful (Karsholt & Nieukerken 2004). This is due to the fact, that the types are lost and the identity of the species is uncertain.


There aren´t any data available about the biology of L. intermediella.

Stages in development:

Information about early stages following Pellmyr (1996) and Meeß (1910):
The larva is said to mine Corylus avellana when young, then create a case and become vagrant on the forest floor.

Remarks: (Pellmyr 1996): "A Phylogenetic Red Flag. The reported immature feeding habits and host of intermediella are perfectly consistent with Incurvaria biology, but do not reflect any prodoxid. Further study is required to determine whether this species belongs within Incurvaria, or if the described biology is incorrect."


According to Pellmyr (1996) and Zagulajev (1978), the species is externally indistinguishable from Lampronia aeneella (Heinemann, 1870) and separable only by characters of the genitalia. The cucullus in the male of L. aeneella is broad, with straight, flat apex, whereas in L. intermediella it is narrow and wedge-shaped. In L. aeneella, the saccus is relatively long compared to the vinculum (shorter in L. intermediella, the apex of the aedeagus bears slightly sclerotized cords (in L. intermediella with numerous minute spinules).

Worth knowing:


Heinemann, H. 1870. Die Schmetterlinge Deutschlands und der Schweiz systematisch bearbeitet von H. v. Heinemann. Nebst analytischen Tabellen zum Bestimmen der Schmetterlinge. Band II, Die Motten und Federmotten. Verlag Vieweg. Braunschweig.
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].
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.
Pellmyr, O. 1996. Lampronia intermediella (Heinemann). Version 01 January 1996 (under construction). http://tolweb.org/Lampronia_intermediella/12363/1996.01.01 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

Publication data:

Kurz Michael: 2009.11.30
Kurz Michael: 2010.06.28
Kurz Michael: 2018.09.19
not reviewed