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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Rare and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: May-Jun.

Forewing: 4-6mm.

Foodplant: Cuckoo-flower and Garlic Mustard.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19851859198319841883
Year last recorded20142014201420142013
Number of records8813132
Number of individuals24616461
Unique positions7810122
Unique locations7810122
Adult records8613131
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 44 records from 39 sites. First recorded in 1859.


0152 Adela rufimitrella 02
© Dave Shenton
0152 Adela rufimitrella 01
© Terry Box, 28 May 2010

Species Account

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

2013 (CHF): We have scattered records of this species across the county. It can sometimes be mistaken for other longhorn moths. It is however considerably smaller than Adela reaumurella. The head is black at the front and golden-yellow on the crown and the antennae are black at the base with the terminal third silvery-white, separating it from other similar species. It is usually found flying in sunshine, often visiting flowers of its foodplants, cuckooflower and garlic mustard. It sometimes comes to light.

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