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Nemophora bellela (Walker, 1863)

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Adela bellela Walker, 1863
Type: type specimens in coll. NHM, ZIN and MINGA (Kozlov 2004)

Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:
Adela esmarkella Wocke, 1864: Junior subjective synonym.
Adela hedemanni Christoph, 1888: Junior subjective synonym.
Adela bellella Walsingham, 1890: Incorrect subsequent spelling.
Nemotois belleta Anderson, 1915: Lapsus calami.
Nemophora belella Wojtusiak, 1996: Incorrect subsequent spelling.


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Picture from: R. Siloaho (creative commons)
Detailed view


In Europe, the species has been recorded from Norway, Sweden, Finland, the northern part of European Russia, as well as from Lithuania (Karsholt & Nieukerken, 2010). Dubatolov (2009) lists it from the west Siberian plain and the south Siberian mountains. It is also known from North America (Hodges et al. 1983), being the only representative of the genus there (Kozlov 2004).


Following Kozlov (2004), N. bellela is easily distinguishable from Nemophora degeerella (Linné, 1758), Nemophora amatella (Staudinger, 1892) and Nemophora congruella Zeller, 1839 by the short male antennae (not exceeding the doubled forewing length). Furthermore, the medial fascia is distinctly constricted in the anterior half and the other light wing markings are darker brown.

Worth knowing:


Dubatolov, V. V. 2009. Collection of Siberian Zoological Museum: Adelidae. http://szmn.sbras.ru/Lepidop/Incurvar.htm [online 26 April 2010].
Hodges, R. W. et al. 1983. Check List of the Lepidoptera of America North of Mexico. E. W. Classey, London, UK. Updated by Jean-François Landry, Don Lafontaine and Jim Troubridge [available on http://www.lepbarcoding.org/cl_nth_am.php]
Karsholt, O. & E. J. van Nieukerken 2010. Adelidae. In - Karsholt, O. & E. J. van Nieukerken (eds.). Lepidoptera, Moths. – Fauna Europaea version 2.2., http://www.faunaeur.org [online 02 November 2010].
Kozlov, M. V. 2004. Annotated checklist of the European species of Nemophora (Adelidae). Nota Lepidopterologica 26: 115-126.
Wojtusiak, J. (1996): Heliozelidae, Adelidae, Prodoxidae, Incurvariidae, Crinopterygidae. In: O. Karsholt & J. Razowski (Eds.), The Lepidoptera of Europe. A distribitional checklist: 27-30, 300-301.

Publication data:

Kurz Michael: 2010.11.29
Kurz Michael: 2011.02.15
Kurz Michael: 2013.01.29
not reviewed