Butterflies of Norway




English name: White-letter Hairstreak
Norwegian name: Almstjertvinge
Auctor: (Knoch, 1782)
Original description: as Papilio w-album in Beitr.Insektengesch. 2: 85.
Syn.: cerasi (Fabricius, 1787)
Syn.: butlerovi (Krulikovsky, 1890)
Syn.: majuscula (Yakhontov, 1911)
Type locality of nominate species: Leipzig, Germany.
Subspecies in Norway: S. w. w-album.
Worldwide distribution: Central Europe, temperate parts of Asia to Kazakhstan, Korea and Japan.


S. w-album w-album

Auctor: (Knoch, 1782)
Syn.: cerasi (Fabricius, 1787)
Type locality of subspecies: Leipzig, Germany.
Distribution in Norway: Near coast of southeast Norway.
Notes: The existence of S. w-album is depending on the presence of its larval
host-plant, elm (Ulmus glabra). Over the last couple of decades many
of the elms in Norway have disappeared due to a disease. In the long run the 
elm disease may seriously threaten w-album's distribution in the country.
Described forms found in Norway: - - -
Etymology: w-album = register W.

w-album (29234 bytes)

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Specimen EIS Region Kommune Coll. date Legit In coll. Remarks
1 11 AAY Risør 1920 Johan Rygge ZMO m
2 28 AK Oslo VII-1845 Johan Heinrich Spalck. Siebke ZMO m
3           ZMO m
4 28 AK Oslo 20-VII-1945 Fritz Jensen ZMO f
5 19 VE Borre VIII-1997 Lars Ove Hansen ZMO f
6 18 TEY Porsgrunn 31-VII-1974 Geir E. E. Søli ZMO f - ventral view


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Specimen EIS Region Kommune Coll. date Legit In coll. Remarks
1 28 AK Asker 30-VI-1990 Tony Nagypal TN  
2 28 AK Asker 30-VI-1990 Tony Nagypal TN ventral view

For further notes, photos and maps of this species, check out
the Lepidoptera homepage of the Zoological Museum of Oslo/Norwegian Entomological Society/Skogforsk
(text in Norwegian).


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