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Micropterix herminiella Corley, 2007

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Micropterix herminiella Corley, 2007: 74-76
Type locality: Portugal, Quinta da Volta, Trinta, Beira Alta
Type: Holotype : Portugal, Quinta da Volta, Trinta, Beira Alta, 750 m, 27.V.2004, leg. M.F. Corley, gen. prep. Corley 2750, in coll. BMNH, London

Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:
Micropterix mansuetella sensu auctorum nec Zeller, 1844: Missidentification.


Scheme of wing pattern:


Untill recently, the species has been known only from northern Portugal. Meanwhile it has also been photographed in NW-Spain (Galizia). To present knowledge, the vertical distribution ranges from 280 to 1300 m a.s.l. (Corley 2007)


Spain, Galizia, Coirós, San Xiao cerca de Arméa, 2009.05.13      
Picture from: www.flickr.com: José Ramón P.V. (creative commons)
Detailed view

There aren´t any data available about the biology of M. herminiella. The imagines have been found on flowers of Ranunculus from mid April to mid July (Corley 2007).

Stages in development:

The early stages are unknown.


The species is very similar to Micropterix mansuetella Zeller, 1844, with which is has been confused for a long time. With certainty, it can only be distinguished from that species by genitalia examination, although both seem to be allopatric. From Micropterix calthella (Linné, 1761) and females of Micropterix aruncella (Scopoli, 1763), which eventually may occur within the distribution range of M. herminiella, the species can readily be distinguished by the lack of any purple coloring at the forewing base and by the blackish, hair-like scales on the head, which are more or less yellow at least in M. calthella. In the male genitalia, all mentioned species are very distinctive.

Phylogeny: With respect to the structure of the male genitalia, M. herminiella shows a close affinity to the widely distributed Micropterix aureatella (Scopoli, 1763). Interestingly, the species also closely resembles the eastern Palaearctic Micropterix sikhotealinensis Ponomarenko & Beljaev, 2000 in external appearance as well as in the structure of the male genitalia.

Worth knowing:


Corley, M. F. V. 2007. A brief review of the Micropterigidae of Portugal, with description of a new species of Micropterix Hübner. – Nota lepidopterologica 30 (1): 71–78.

Publication data:

Kurz Michael: 2010.11.18
Kurz Michael: 2011.12.22
Kurz Michael: 2011.12.23
Kurz Michael: 2020.02.03
not reviewed