Adela croesella - Distribution map

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7.008 BF151

Adela croesella

(Scopoli, 1763)

Wingspan 11-14 mm.

Distributed locally throughout England and Wales, the males of this species have very long antennae, the females shorter with a thickened base.

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

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