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Subfamily Adelinae

Moth with big antennae - Adela caeruleella Fairy Moth on Yarrow - Adela trigrapha - male small moth? - Adela septentrionella - female NW Yosemite Fairy Moths - Adela eldorada - female Fairy Moths from Marin Co. - Adela thorpella - male Another Fairy - Adela septentrionella - female Adela septentrionella - oviposition - Adela septentrionella - female Pennsylvania Moth - Adela ridingsella
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Adeloidea (Fairy Moths and kin)
Family Adelidae (Fairy Moths)
Subfamily Adelinae
Explanation of Names
See guide page for family Adelidae.
Arnett lists three genera and 17 species. (1)
18 species in 3 genera listed at All-Leps
Wingspan 4-28 mm
Very long antennae. Some species found on flowers.
Much of North America
Deciduous forests?
Adults fly April-May (Adela: North Carolina, Minnesota, eastern US)
Larvae reported to feed on leaf fragments on ground.
Adults probably feed on nectar, since found at flowers.
Print References
Arnett, p. 659. (1)
Covell, pp. 454-455 Incurvariidae. (2)
Brimley, p. 313, lists Adela bella (Raleigh, etc. April, May). This is a synonym of A. caeruleella, see this listing of synonyms. (3)
Internet References
North Carolina State University Entomology Collection lists in Incurvariidae, but only one genus and species from Adelidae for the state: Adela caeruleella (14 specimens pinned)
live adult image of Adela septentrionella and other info (Jeremy Tatum, Butterflies and Moths of Southern Vancouver Island)
pinned adult image of Adela purpurea (Insects of Cedar Creek, Minnesota)
classification of Adela in family Adelidae by Davis, in Kristensen, 1999 (Butterflies and Moths of the World)
Works Cited
1.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
2.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.
3.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.