The Moths of Suffolk
151 Adela croesella, (Scopoli, 1763)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-May to early July

Larval foodplants : Probably Wild Privet (Ligustrum vulgare), Sea-buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides), and other shrubs. Initially feeding on the flowers and seeds and later on fallen leaves

Records : Groton Wood (SMG, 30.v.1998), Hintlesham (A Prichard,, West Stow (A Prichard,; N Sherman, 9.v.2003), Thetford (A Musgrove, 29.v.2002), Monks Eleigh (A Watchman, 6.vii.2001,, West Stow (N Sherman, 9.v.2003), Milden (A Prichard,, Little Waldringfield (A Watchman,, Nacton (A Watchman,, Ipswich Golf Course (N Sherman,, Hollessley (A Watchman,

Morley's Final Catalogue : Found in Suffolk (Steph. Illust. 1834, p. 230). Does not appear to have been noticed in the County since recorded a century ago from Wrentham by Curtis: until Dr. Whittingham turned it up at the opposite extremity, Mildenhall, in 1907.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 11-14mm


Confusion species
    AdultNemophora degeerella

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Female. - West stow, Suffolk (v.2004) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Male. - Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2005) © Neil Sherman
Male - North Cove, Suffolk ( © A Prichard
Male - Found in greenhouse - Ipswich, Suffolk (20.v.2011) © Neil Sherman
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To MV light - Ipswich, Suffolk ( © Paul Kitchener