Adela croesella

Alt Name
Small Barred Long-horn

Wingspan 11 to 14 mm. The males of this species have very long antennae, the females shorter with a thickened base.


Areas containing the larval foodplants.

When to see it

The moths are on the wing in late May and June, and fly during the day in sunshine, visiting flowers.

Life History

The larvae are thought to feed at first on flowers of sea-buckthorn or privet, later building a portable case from leaf fragments and particles of soil and feeding on leaves which have fallen.

UK Status

Distributed locally throughout England and Wales. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

7.008 BF151

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map