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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: Mid Apr-Jun.

Forewing: 7-9mm.

Foodplant: Leaf-litter.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19911859188318831883
Year last recorded20142014201420152013
Number of records47421777912
Number of individuals2651602198112845
Unique positions2835914711
Unique locations2634874610
Adult records46401747611
Immature records10000

For the county, we have a total of 357 records from 203 sites. First recorded in 1859.


0150 Adela reaumurella 06 males
© Terry Box, 13 May 2018
0150 Adela reaumurella 05 female
© Terry Box, 13 May 2018
0150 Adela reaumurella 04
© Andy Nunn
0150 Adela reaumurella 03 male
© Dave Williamson
0150 Adela reaumurella 02 female
© Charles Fletcher, 13 May 2005
0150 Adela reaumurella 01 male
© Charles Fletcher, 9 May 2002

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widespread and abundant in all five vice-counties.

2013 (CHF): A common moth of woodland across the county, often seen "dancing" in dappled sunlight in swarms around the outer branches of oaks or hazel. It also come to light. The large size and the metallic green wings make it unlikely to be confused with other species.

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