The Moths of Suffolk
152 Adela rufimitrella, (Scopoli, 1763)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Wet meadows, grassland, woodland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; May to June

Larval foodplants : Cuckoo Flower (Cardamine pratensis) and Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Discovered to be of common occurrence in Barnby Broad on 18 May 1905, and again there in August 1908 (Mly); Ampton and Timworth (Nurse, Ent. 1911. 221).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 9-12mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultNemophora metallica
Adela reaumurella

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Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2003) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2005) © Neil Sherman
Found at rest on Ladies Smock flower - Ipswich, Suffolk (28.iv.2009) © Neil Sherman