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Bulletin of the Entomological Society of Malta (2009) Vol. 2 : 9-11 Eteobalea thaumatella (Walsingham, 1907) a new moth for the Maltese Islands (Lepidoptera: Cosmopterigidae) Paul SAMMUT1 & Sjaak KOSTER2 ABSTRACT. Eteobalea thaumatella is recorded for the first time from the Maltese Islands. Notes on the distribution, and times of flight are included. KEY WORDS. Lepidoptera, Cosmopterigidae, Cosmopteriginae, Eteobalea thaumatella, Maltese Islands, new record. INTRODUCTION The genus Eteobalea has a mainly Holarctic distribution while in Europe most species occur in the Mediterranean Region. From Europe, Koster & Sinev (2003), listed 12 species, while Eteobalea klisieckii (Reidl, 1966) is to date known only from Morocco. In the Maltese Islands two species of Eteobalea have so far been recorded, E. dohrnii (Zeller, 1847) known from a single specimen collected from Gozo (Seguna & Sammut, 2007), and the relatively common and widely distributed E. intermediella (Riedl, 1966) (Koster & Sammut, 2006). The present work provides information on a third species collected recently from Malta. Eteobalea thaumatella (Walsingham, 1907) Material examined: MALTA: Mellieħa, 28.x.2008, 1 ex., leg. M. Zerafa; Naxxar, 4.xi.2008, 4 exs., leg. A. Seguna; Rabat, 4.xi.2008, 3 exs., leg. P. Sammut; Żebbug, 5/6.xi.2008, 11 exs., leg. A. Catania (material is deposited in the private collections of the respective collectors. Besides, one specimen from Żebbug has been deposited in the National Museum of Natural History, Mdina, Malta and a specimen from Rabat has been deposited in the National Museum of Natural History, Leiden, The Netherlands). Short description: Wingspan 8 - ­­15 mm long and adult as in fig. 1. Head yellowish white, mixed with ochreous posteriorly. Antennae shining dark brown, apical third with five white annulations. Forewings shining dark brown, dorsal and apical part more or less mixed ochreous brown; three large white costal spots, the one nearest to the wing base slightly oblique outwards, the middle one, almost square, more or less in the centre of the wing, and the third, elongate, situated midway between the middle spot and the apex. A series of tubercular golden brown metallic spots connect to the costal spots posteriorly. Hindwings shining white. Abdomen pale brown with white anal tufts (Koster & Sinev, 2003). 137, ‘Fawkner/2’, Dingli Road, Rabat RBT 9023, Malta. E-mail: National Museum of Natural History Naturalis, PO Box 9517, 2300 RA Leiden, The NETHERLANDS, E-Mail: 1 2

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