Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Rare and local resident.
Local Record: Grade 3 See here for explanation
Flight time: May-Jun.
Foodplant: Cuckoo-flower and Garlic Mustard.
|Year first recorded||1985||1859||1983||1984||1883|
|Year last recorded||2014||2014||2014||2014||2013|
|Number of records||8||8||13||13||2|
|Number of individuals||24||6||16||46||1|
For the county, we have a total of 44 records from 39 sites. First recorded in 1859.
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.