Adela croesella

    Alternative names
    Small Barred Long-horn

    Wingspan 11 to 14 mm. The males of this species have very long antennae, the females shorter with a thickened base.

    Identification difficulty

    Areas containing the larval foodplants.

    When to see it

    The moths are on the wing in late May and June, and fly during the day in sunshine, visiting flowers.

    Life History

    The larvae are thought to feed at first on flowers of sea-buckthorn or privet, later building a portable case from leaf fragments and particles of soil and feeding on leaves which have fallen.

    UK Status

    Distributed locally throughout England and Wales. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

    VC55 Status

    It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

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