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Epimartyria auricrinella Walsingham, 1898

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Epimartyria auricrinella Walsingham, 1898: 162
Type locality: USA, North Carolina
Type: Holotype : USA, North Carolina, leg. H.K. Morrison, coll. Walsingham, now NHM, London

Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:

Goldcap Moss-eater Moth


: USA, New Hampshire, White Mountains, 2 miles north of Pinkham notch, 1995.07.02, leg. Mey Wolfram & S. Weaver, coll. Christof Zeller      
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view

Description of adults: Examined: 3 , 1 . Forewing length: 4.6 - 4.7 mm, 4.2 mm. Head black-brown; vestiture of hair-like scales on the head yellow; antennae 4/5 (), respectively, 1/2 () of forewing length; segments of flagellum especially in with long ascoid sensillae; thorax bronzy golden, tegulae yellow; forewings bronzy golden to coppery in proximal half, purple with delictae bronzy golden irroration in distal half; fringe bronzy golden, in apical area yellowish-white outwards; hindwings bronzy golden, apically with purplish tinge; fringe bronzy golden, lighter outwards; legs and abdomen light brown, bronzy golden shining.


The species is known from the eastern part of the United States only. A single vertical record from 600 m a.s.l. is documented so far (Kurz & Kurz 2012).


The investigated moths have been caught in July (Kurz & Kurz 2012).


Scheme of genitalia      
Picture from: Philpott 1924, modified
Detailed view

Worth knowing:


Kurz, M. A. & M. E. Kurz 2000–2012. Naturkundliches Informationssystem. – URL: http://www.nkis.info [online 17 March 2012].
Philpott, A. 1924b. The genitalia in Sabatinca and allied genera (Lepidoptera Homoneura), with some observations on the same structures in the Mecoptera. Transactions of the Entomological Society of London, 1924(3-4): 347-366.
Philpott, A. 1927. Notes on the female genitalia in the Micropterygoidea. Transactions of the Entomological Society of London, 75: 319-323, pl. XXVII.
Walsingham, Lord T. d. G. 1898. Descriptions of a new Micropterygid genus and species, and a new Eriocraniad species from N. America. The Entomologist´s Record and Journal of Variation X (7): 161-163, pl. II, fig 1-5.

Publication data:

Kurz Michael: 2010.01.06
Kurz Michael: 2010.04.04
Kurz Michael: 2010.04.06
Kurz Michael: 2012.03.17
not reviewed