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Triaxomera fulvimitrella (Sodoffsky, 1830)

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Tinea fulvimitrella Sodoffsky, 1830: 74, pl.1, fig. 6.
Type locality: Baltic region, Livonia (now: Estonia and Latvia)
Type: none designated

Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:


: Salzburg, Flachgau, Thalgau, 1991.07.03, leg. Kurz & Kurz, coll. Michael Kurz      
Picture from: Kurz Michael
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Description of adults: Examined: 1 . Forewing length: 8.8 mm. Vestiture of hair-like scales on the head distant, beige; maxillary palpi smoothly scaled, beige; labial palpi divergent, 2nd segment distantly scaled, outwardly dark brown, inner side beige; terminal segment smoothly scaled, beige; antennae filiform, ringed light and dark, about 2/3 of forewing length; thorax black-brown, shining; tegulae black-brown, distally whitish; forewings black-brown, shining, with white, shining markings: Two big spots each at costal and inner margin, the latter ones triangle-shaped; smaller white spots at costal margin near basis and at apex; fringe black-brown, outwards with white spots at apex; hindwings grey-brown with coppery to bronzy-golden glance; fringe likewise; underside unicolorous black-brown, intensively coppery shining; inner margin of forewing ambiguously beige; fore- and midlegs black-brown, ringed whitish; midtibia with a pair of spurs of unequal length at distal end; hindtibia beige, with long 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; hindtarsi black-brown, ringed beige; abdomen brown at upperside, beige at underside, intensively shining.


The species is widely distributed in Europe, but is missing in Iceland, Ireland as well as the largest part of southern Europe (Karsholt & Nieukerken 2011). Dubatolov (2011) records the species also for the west Siberian plain. Regarding vertical distribution, only one record is available (545 m a.s.l., see Kurz & Kurz 2011).


About the biology of the species, no original data are available, exept the flight time of a single specimen (July), which has been caught in a settlement near firewood, stored outside.


-genitalia, prep. 10102: 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].
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].
Kurz, M. A. & M. E. Kurz 2000–2011. Naturkundliches Informationssystem. – URL: http://www.nkis.info [online 10 May 2011].
Sodoffsky, C. H. G. 1830. Six nouvelles espèces de Teignes de la Livonie découvertes et décrites. Bulletin de la Société Impériale des Naturalistes de Moscou 2: 67-79, pl. I.

Publication data:

Kurz Michael: 2011.05.10
Kurz Michael: 2012.08.26
Kurz Michael: 2014.06.13
not reviewed