N A T U R K U N D L I C H E S   I N F O R M A T I O N S S Y S T E M

Nemophora cupriacella (Hübner, [1819])

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Tinea cupriacella Hübner, [1819]: conserved name, see ICZN (2004)
Type locality: not designated (Europe)
Type: not designated


: Salzburg, city of Salzburg, Rainberg, 1970.07.22, leg. F. Mairhuber, coll. Haus der Natur : Eastern Tyrol, Venna group, Prägarten, Dorfermähder West, 1700-1800 m, 2006.07.16, leg. et coll. Helmut Deutsch    
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view

Description of adults: Examined: 3 . Forewing length: 5.9 - 6.0 mm. Head black-brown; vestiture of hair-like scales on the head distant, dirty yellow; face smoothly scaled, metallic greenish-golden shining; eyes black-brown, diameter of an eye about 0.45 mm; distance of eyes (frontally) about 0.5 mm; labial palpi directed ahead, smoothly scaled, dull yellow, with long, downwardly directed, yellow and black bristles; proboscis well developed, basally scaled dull yellow; antennae about 1 1/4 of forewing length, proximal half thickened by somewhat distant scales, shining purple violet, distal third filiform, white; thorax and tegulae bronzy golden shining; basal 2/5 of forewing bronzy golden, vaguely merging into shining coppery-purple distally; forewing without any further markings; fringe coppery-purple shining; hindwing completely covered with broad scales, uniformly grey-brown with intensive, violet shimmer, costal margin vaguely whitish; fringe coppery, towards inner margin light bronzy golden; underside without any markings, grey-brown with intensive coppery glance; underside of thorax and legs metallic greenish-golden shining, legs towards tibiae and tarsi more purple; foretibia without epiphysis; midtibia with a pair of spurs at distal end; hindtibia inflated, with long duft of hair-like scales on dorsal side and a pair of spurs each at about 0.5 of tibial length and at distal end, the latter relatively short; abdomen tapering towards posterior end, flattened laterally, dorsally smoothly scaled bronzy golden, laterally and ventrally coppery.


The species is widely distributed in Europe. Only from Iceland, Norway and parts od eastern and southern Europe, no findings are recorded (Karsholt & Nieukerken, 2013). In Turkey, the species is recorded from the province of Kahramanmaras (Koçak & Kemal 2009), from the rest of temperate Asia no records are known (Dubatolov 2009).

Worth knowing:


Dubatolov, V. V. 2009. Collection of Siberian Zoological Museum: Adelidae. http://szmn.sbras.ru/Lepidop/Incurvar.htm [online 26 April 2010].
ICZN 2004. Opinion 2067 (Case 3188). Nemotois violellus Herrich-Schaeffer in Stainton, 1851 (currently Nemophora violella; Insecta, lepidoptera): specific name conserved by the designation of a neotype for Tinea cupriacella Hübner, 1819 (currently Nemophora cupriacella). Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 61: 63-64.
Karsholt, O. & E. J. van Nieukerken 2013. Adelidae. In - Karsholt, O. & E. J. van Nieukerken (eds.). Lepidoptera, Moths. – Fauna Europaea version 2.6.2., http://www.faunaeur.org [online 20 February 2015].
Koçak, A. Ö. & M. Kemal 2009. Revised Checklist of the Lepidoptera of Turkey. Priamus, supplement 17: 1-253.
Kozlov, M. V. 2004. Annotated checklist of the European species of Nemophora (Adelidae). Nota Lepidopterologica 26: 115-126.

Publication data:

Kurz Michael: 2007.01.01
Kurz Michael: 2015.02.20
Kurz Michael: 2016.03.10
not reviewed