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Nematopogon adansoniella (Villers, 1789)

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Phalaena Tinea adansoniella Villers, 1789: 527.
Type locality: Europe
Type: repository unknown

Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:
Tinea panzerella Fabricius, 1794: 339. Type locality: Italy (Allioni). Junior subjective synonym.
Capillaria panzeri Haworth, 1828: 522. Unjustified emendation of Tinea panzerella Fabricius, 1794.
Nemophora sabulosella Walker, 1863: 497. Type locality: Palaearctic region, maybe Austria (incorrectly labelled "Australia"). Junior subjective synonym.
Nemophora annulatella Ragonont, 1876: LXVI. Type locality: France, Paris. St. Clere. Junior subjective synonym.
Nemophora pseudopilella Peyerimhoff, 1877: 102. Type locality: France, Provence, Hyeres and Cannes. Junior subjective synonym.
Nematopogon panzeriellus Hrubũ 1964: 152. Incorrect subsequent spelling of Tinea panzerella Fabricius, 1794.


: Italia, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Carso Goriziano, Doberdō dei Lago, 2005.05.07, coll. Museo Friulano : Italia, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Carso Triestino, Duino, VIII gio del Pescatore, 2005.05.03, coll. Museo Friulano    
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view

Description of adults: Examined: 5 , 3 . Forewing length: 7.6 - 8.8 mm, 6.9 - 7.6 mm. Head dark brown; vestiture of hair-like scales on the head beige, partly mixed rusty brown; eyes dark brown, not enlarged, about 0.4 mm in diameter; distance of eyes (frontally) about 1 1/2 times the diameter of an eye; maxillary palpi long, folded, slightly distantly scaled, beige; labial palpi very small, similarly scaled; antennae about 2 1/2 (), respectively, 1 3/4 () of forewing length; scapus enlarged, beige; flagellum more or less distinctly ringed beige and brown, in the distal half less conspicious due to tiny segments; thorax and tegulae yellowish-grey to brown, slightly bronzy golden shining; forewings beige to light brown, bronzy golden shining, distinctly, although ambiguously reticulated by grey veins and grey irregular delicate crosslines; discoidal streak ambiguous, grey; fringe light brown, bronzy golden shining; hindwings with hair-like to narrow lanceolate scales, not completely covering the wing membrane, light grey with nacre-like glance; fringe brownish, bronzy golden shining; scaling of underside hair-like, brown on the forewing, devoid of any marking, with a bronzy golden, fatty gloss, on the hindwing light grey with nacre-like glance; fringe as on the upperside; forelegs brown at the outer part, beige inside, slightly shining; tarsi brown ringed beige; foretibia with epiphysis; mid- and hindlegs similar, but less contrasting; midtibia with a pair of spurs at the distal end; hindtibia inflated, with a scarce duft of long, hair-like scales and a pair of spurs each at about 2/3 of the tibial length and at the end; abdomen brown-grey, greyish-golden shining.


The species is known so far from Spain throughout central Europe to Sweden and from Italy to the northern and central Balkans (Karsholt & Nieukerken, 2004). Furthermore, N. adansoniella is known also from the European part of Turkey (Seven, 1995).


-genitalia, prep.-no. 822, M. Kurz: Serbia, Vojvodina, Fruska Gora, Ledinci, 2004.04.28, leg. Stojanovic Dejan, coll. Michael Kurz      
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view


N. adansoniella : Italia, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Carso Goriziano, Doberdō dei Lago, 2005.05.07, coll. Museo Friulano N. prolai : Marche, Ascoli Piceno, Monti Sibillini, Forca Canapine, 1500 m, 1993.05.19, leg. H/Z/K, coll. Michael Kurz    
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view

Worth knowing:


Karsholt, O. & E. J. van Nieukerken 2004. Adelidae. In - Karsholt, O. & E. J. van Nieukerken (eds.). Lepidoptera, Moths. – Fauna Europaea version 1.1, http://www.faunaeur.org [online 11 June 2008].
Seven, S. 1995. Beitrage zur Schmetterlingsfauna von Thrazien. Miscellaneous Papers. Centre for Entomological Studies Ankara 24: 1-13.
Villers, C. de 1789. Caroli Linnaei entomologia, faunae suecicae descriptionibus aucta; DD. SCOPOLI, GEOFFROY, DE GEER, FABRICII, SCHRANK, &c. speciebus vel in Systemate non enumeratis, vel nuperrime detectis, vel speciebus Galliae Australis locupletata, generum specierumque rariorum iconibus ornata 2: I-XVI, 1-656, pl. IV-VI. Lugdunum [Lyon] (Piestre et Delamolliere).

Publication data:

Kurz Michael: 2010.05.25
Kurz Michael: 2011.11.25
Kurz Michael: 2011.11.26
Kurz Michael: 2017.02.23
Kurz Michael: 2019.02.06
not reviewed