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Nemaxera betulinella (Fabricius, 1787)

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Alucita betulinella Fabricius 1787: 255, 13.
Type locality: Sweden
Type: 1 specimen, Sveciae Dom. de Paykull, in coll. Fabricius, zoological museum of the Christian-Albrechts-university Kiel; permanent loan in ZMUC (Kristensen & Karsholt 2007).

Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:
Tinea corticella Curtis 1834
Tinea emortuella Zeller 1839.


: Salzburg, Pinzgau, Zell am See, 1965.07.21, leg. Fritz Mairhuber, coll. Michael Kurz : Salzburg, Pinzgau, Zell am See, 1965.07.21, leg. Fritz Mairhuber, coll. Michael Kurz    
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view

Description of adults: Examined: 1 , 5 . Forewing length: 8 mm, 7.6-8.4 mm. Vestiture of hair-like scales on the head distant, beige; labial palpi moderately long, divergent, smoothly scaled, beige, outwardly brownish mottled; antennae filiform, ringed light-dark, somewhat inflated and ciliated in , in without cilia, about 1/2 of forewing length; thorax beige, mixed brownish; tegulae brown anteriorly, posteriorly beige; forewings beige, shining, irregularly mottled and spotted light and dark brown; three more distinct dark brown spots along costa near basis, at 1/4 and at 1/2; small dark brown spots distad at costa and along outer margin; a light brown triangular spot at inner margin at about 2/5, standing on one corner; fringe beige, mixed light and dark brown; hindwings grey-brown with coppery glance; fringe likewise; underside grey-brown, intensively coppery shining; fringe and inner margin of forewing indistinctly beige; legs dark brown, tibiae and tarsi ringed beige to nearly completely beige; foretibia with epiphysis; midtibia with a pair of spurs of unequal length at distal end; hindtibia with long beige tuft of hair-like scales and a pair of spurs of unequal length each at about 0.45 of tibial length and at distal end; abdomen brown on upperside, on underside beige, intensively shining.


N. betulinella is widely distributed in Europe, although we do not know any records from western and south-western Europe, from the Balkans and from the northern part of European Russia (Karsholt & Nieukerken 2011). The species has also been found in the south Siberian mountains (Dubatolov 2011). The vertical distribution is badly documented only (400 - 1050 m following Kurz & Kurz 2014).


Besides the flight time of the imagines, reaching from May to July, no further biological data are available (Kurz & Kurz 2014).


-genitalia, prep. 10104: without data      
Picture from: Svenska fjärilar: © Gustafsson Bert
Detailed view

Worth knowing:


Dubatolov, V. V. 2011. Collection of Siberian Zoological Museum: Tineidae. http://szmn.sbras.ru/old/Lepidop/Lepidopt.htm [online 10 May 2011].
Fabricius, J. C. 1787. Mantissa insectorum sistens eorum species nuper detectas adjectas characteribus genericis, differentiis specificis, emendationibus, observationibus. II, Hafniae.
Karsholt, O. & E. J. van Nieukerken 2011. Tineidae. In - Karsholt, O. & E. J. van Nieukerken (eds.). Lepidoptera, Moths. – Fauna Europaea version 2.4., http://www.faunaeur.org [online 10 May 2010].
Kristensen, N. P. & O. Karsholt 2007. Lists of primary types of Lepidoptera in the ZMUC collections. http://www.zmuc.dk/EntoWeb/collections-databaser/Lepidoptera/Lepidoptera-index.htm [online 12 May 2011].
Kurz, M. A. & M. E. Kurz 2000–2014. Naturkundliches Informationssystem. – URL: http://www.nkis.info [online 18 June 2014].

Publication data:

Kurz Michael: 2011.05.10
Kurz Michael: 2012.08.26
Kurz Michael: 2014.06.18
not reviewed