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Micropterix monticolella Kozlov, 1982

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Micropterix monticolella Kozlov, 1982: 116 - 118.
Type locality: Caucasus, Abkhazia, lake Ritsa
Type: ?

Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:


: NW Caucasus, Teberda, 2500 m, Dshamagat valley, 1974.06.04, leg. Franz Eichler, coll. Zoologische Sammlung des Bayerischen Staates, Munich      
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view

Scheme of wing pattern:

Description of adults: Examined: 1 . Forewing length: 4.2 mm. Head brown; vestiture of hair-like scales on the head dirty yellow; antennae brown, golden shining, more than 4/5 () of forewing length; thorax bronzy golden, tegulae coppery; forewings reddish golden with whitish golden markings: At 1/5 a straight, very broad fascia across the whole wing width; at nearly 1/2 a similar fascia across the whole wing width, slightly bent outwards; at 3/4 a big trapezoid spot with rounded edges, slightly touching costa, but not reaching outer margin; fringe bronzy golden at base, distad suspiciously white; hindwings bronzy golden, coppery apically; fringe suspiciously white at apex, otherwise bronzy golden; legs and abdomen brown, whitish golden shining.


Following Zagulajev (1983), M. monticolella has been found in Abkhazia and Adjaria between 1000 - 2200 m. (Kurz & Kurz 2011) report the species also from the Russian Caucasus (Teberda) from 2500 m.


The investigated specimen has been found in early June (Kurz & Kurz 2011). Other biological data are not available.

Stages in development:

The early stages are unknown.


-genitalia, prep.-no. 764, M. Kurz: NW Caucasus, Teberda, Dshamagat valley, 2500 m, 1974.06.04, leg. Franz Eichler, coll. Zoologische Sammlung des Bayerischen Staates, Munich      
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view


The very broad whitish golden fasciae on the reddish golden ground color make the species unmistakable. The suspicious white fringe, too is of high diagnostic value. In the male genitalia, the species is unmistakable and does not show closer affinities to any other species in the genus.

Worth knowing:


Kozlov, M. V. 1982. New and little known species of Micropterigidae (Lepidoptera) from Caucasia USSR. Vestnik Leningradskogo Universiteta Biologiya 2: 116-118.
Kurz, M. A. & M. E. Kurz 2000–2011. Naturkundliches Informationssystem. – URL: http://www.nkis.info [online 30 December 2011].
Zagulajev, A. K. 1983. New and little known species of the moths (Lepidoptera: Tineidae, Micropterigidae, Pterophoridae) from the USSR and adjacent territories [in russian]; Revue d´Entomologie de l´URSS, LXII (1): 106-122.

Publication data:

Kurz Michael: 2008.11.26
Kurz Michael: 2008.11.27
Kurz Michael: 2011.08.30
Kurz Michael: 2011.12.30
Kurz Michael: 2012.08.21
not reviewed