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Heliozela sericiella (Haworth, 1828)

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Tinea sericiella Haworth, 1828: 585.
Type locality: England, Coomb Wood
Type: Syntypes in coll. NHM, London?

Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:
Aechmia metallicella Zeller, 1839: 204. Type locality: Silesia, Glogau [Poland, Glogow]. Junior subjective synonym.
Aechmia stanneella Fischer von Röslerstamm, 1841: 248. Type locality: Austria, vicinity of Vienna. Junior subjective synonym.
Aechmia saltatricella Fischer von Röslerstamm, 1841: 249. Type locality: Austria, Vienna, Tivoli. Junior subjective synonym.

Habit:

     
: Salzburg, Flachgau, Kasern, 1968.04.17, leg. Fritz Mairhuber, coll. Haus der Natur      
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view
     

Description of adults: Examined: 2 . Forewing length: 2.7 - 2.8 mm. Head smoothly scaled, dark brown, bronzy golden shining; eyes very small, black; labial palpi downwardly directed, straight, 0.2 mm long, bronzy golden; antennae about 1/2 of forewing length, brown-grey, bronzy golden shining; thorax and tegulae dark brown, bronzy golden shining; forewings light brown-grey, bronzy golden shining, towards apex slightly purple, without markings except for a more or less indistinct silver-white spot basad of tornus; this spot reaching at most across 1/5 of forewing width, sometimes nearly obsolete; fringe light brown-grey, bronzy golden shining; hindwings brown with coppery glance; fringe light brown-grey, bronzy golden shining; underside of all wings brown-grey, coppery shining, basal fourth of forewing distinctly lighter with sharp border; fringe like on upperside; underside of thorax and legs light grey, metallic silvery shining; foretibia with epiphysis; midtibia with a pair of spurs at distal end; hindtibia with a pair of long spurs at 0.35 of tibial length and a pair of spurs at distal end; abdomen on upperside brown with purple shimmer, on underside grey with metallic silvery glance.

Distribution:

The species is known from the greater part of Europe. Only from Spain, Sardinia, most Balkan countries and the greater part of European Russia, we do not have any records (Karsholt & Nieukerken 2013). The species also seems to be absent from the eastern Palaearctic region (anonymous 2016, Dubatolov 2016).

Biology:

The animals occur very locally, but often in greater numbers along sunny edges of bush- and woodland with occurences of decidous oak (Quercus sp.). The imagines fly in April and May (Kurz & Kurz 2016).

Anatomy:

   
-genitalia, prep.-no. 690, M. Kurz: Northern Tyrol, near Innsbruck, Ampaß, 1972.05.02, leg. R. Kappeller, coll. Haus der Natur, Salzburg -genitalia, saccus, prep.-no. 690, M. Kurz: Northern Tyrol, near Innsbruck, Ampaß, 1972.05.02, leg. R. Kappeller, coll. Haus der Natur, Salzburg    
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view
   

Worth knowing:

Sources:

anonymous 2016. An Identification Guide of Japanese Moths Compiled by Everyone. URL: http://www.jpmoth.org [online 12 January 2016].
Dubatolov, V. V. 2016. Collection of Siberian Zoological Museum: Lepidoptera. http://szmn.sbras.ru/Lepidop/Lepidopt.htm [online 12 January 2016].
Haworth, A. H. 1828. Lepidoptera britannica. Pars IV: 512-609. Londini (Richardus Taylor).
Karsholt, O. & E. J. van Nieukerken 2013. Heliozelidae. In - Karsholt, O. & E. J. van Nieukerken (eds.). Lepidoptera, Moths. – Fauna Europaea version 2.6.2, http://www.fauna-eu.org/ [online 12 January 2016].
Kurz, M. A. & M. E. Kurz 2000–2016. Naturkundliches Informationssystem. – URL: http://www.nkis.info [online 12 January 2016].

Publication data:

history:
Kurz Michael: 2015.11.18
Kurz Michael: 2015.12.17
Kurz Michael: 2016.01.26
not reviewed

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