Dactylotula kinkerella

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Dactylotula kinkerella
Apatetris kinkerella.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Gelechiidae
Genus: Dactylotula
Species: D. kinkerella
Binomial name
Dactylotula kinkerella
(Snellen, 1876)
  • Dactylota kinkerella Snellen, 1876
  • Apatetris kinkerella

Dactylotula kinkerella is a moth of the Gelechiidae family. It is found from Sweden to the Pyrenees and Alps, and from the Netherlands to Ukraine. It is also found in Croatia[1] and Russia (the southern Ural).[2] The habitat consists of sandy areas.

The wingspan is 9–13 mm.[3]

The larvae feed on Ammophila arenaria. They mine the leaves of their host plant. The mine has the form of a yellowish, upper-surface inflated blotch. The larva hibernates in the mine and pupation takes place inside the mine in spring. Larvae can be found from September to May.[4]


  1. ^ Fauna Europaea
  2. ^ Junnilainen, J. et al. 2010: The gelechiid fauna of the southern Ural Mountains, part II: list of recorded species with taxonomic notes (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae). Zootaxa, 2367: 1–68. Preview
  3. ^ microlepidoptera.nl
  4. ^ bladmineerders.nl