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Nemophora albiciliellus (Staudinger, 1859)

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Nemotois albiciliellus Staudinger, 1859: 236-237.
Type locality: Spain: Granada, Chiclana, Pyrenees
Type: Syntypes: 2 : Spain, Granada, July 1857; 2 : Spain, Chiclana, April; 1 Pyrenees, leg. Graslin

Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:
Nemotois beryllopa Meyrick, 1935. Junior subjective synonym.

The taxon Nemotois albiciliellus has been assumed to be a synonym of Nemotois barbatellus Zeller, 1847 until recently (see Küppers 1980). Kozlov (2004) however revised the synonymy and regarded Nemotois beryllopa Meyrick, 1935 as synonym of Nemotois albiciliellus.


: Spain, Gerona, Vidreras, 1993.06.10, leg. Josef Wimmer, coll. Josef Wimmer      
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view

Description of adults: Examined: 1 . Forewing length: 6.8 mm. Back of head naked in ; face smoothly scaled, metallic greenish-golden shining; beneath onset of antennae, laterally beneath eyes, a long, black, brow-like tuft of hair-like scales; a similar tuft at dorsum of eyes, mixed whitish; labial palpi about 1 mm long, directed ahead, tending together, with long, mixed white and black, downwardly directed, hair-like scales or bristles; eyes in significantly enlarged, about 0.75 mm in diameter, parietally approximated to about 0.15 mm; basal segment of antennae much enlarged; antennae about 2-times the forewing length (), dark violet brown, distantly with increasing number of white scales, distant third silvery white; thorax bronzy golden, posteriorly purple violet; tegulae bronzy golden; forewing bronzy golden, increasingly reddish distally; costa also delicately reddish; at about 2/3 a very indistinct, partly interrupted, dark purple violet cross-fascia across the whole wing width, very broad at costa, posteriorly distinctly narrowing; at base of radial stem, a short black-violet streak; basis of inner margin also delicately black-violet; fringe reddish golden to purple; hindwing completely covered with broad scales, grey-brown, with intensive violet shimmer; fringe white at apex and outer margin with a basal row of short, bronzy golden scales, the latter increaslingly black-violet towards inner margin; fringe at inner margin black-violet; underside of forewing grey-brown, intensively coppery shining, distally increasingly violet; fringe purple; underside of hindwing like upperside, but even more violet-blue shimmering; fringe like on upperside; underside of thorax metallic greenish-golden shining; legs purple shining outwards, inwards bronzy golden; tarsi also bronzy golden; foretibia with epiphysis; midtibia with a pair of spurs at distal end; hindtibia inflated, with long dorsal tuft of hair-like scales and a pair of spurs each at about 0.55 of tibial length and at distal end; abdomen not investigated.


In Europe, the species is known only from Spain (Karsholt & Nieukerken 2013).

Worth knowing:


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 13 March 2015].
Kozlov, M. V. 2004. Annotated checklist of the European species of Nemophora (Adelidae). Nota Lepidopterologica 26: 115-126.
Küppers, P. V. 1980. Untersuchungen zur Taxonomie und Phylogenie der Westpaläarktischen Adelinae (Lepidoptera: Adelidae), Dissertation, Wissenschaftliche Beiträge Karlsruhe, Verlag M.Wahl, Karlsruhe.
Staudinger, O. 1859. Diagnose nebst kurzen Beschreibungen neuer andalusischer Lepidopteren. Entomologische Zeitung Stettin 20 (7-9): 211-259.

Publication data:

Kurz Michael: 2007.01.30
Kurz Michael: 2015.03.13
not reviewed