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Species Adela caeruleella - Southern Longhorn Moth - Hodges#0227

Moth - Long-antenna Metallic - on common fleabane - Dorsal - Adela caeruleella - female Fairy Moth - Hodges #0227 - Adela caeruleella - female nectar-feeding flyer with HUGEMONGOUS antenna - Adela caeruleella - male Moth - Adela caeruleella Fairy Moth - Hodges #0227 - Adela caeruleella - female Southern Longhorn Moth - Adela caeruleella Adela caeruleella Shiny Purple Moth - Adela caeruleella - male
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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
Genus Adela
Species caeruleella (Southern Longhorn Moth - Hodges#0227)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Adela caeruleella Walker, 1863; Synonyms below from Funet):
Adela bella Chambers, 1873    [Original description here]
Adela chalybeis Zeller 1873
Adela iochroa Zeller 1877
Adela aeruginosella Walsingham, 1890
Explanation of Names
From Latin: caerule = blue + -ella = small (1).
Eastern North America from Quebec to Florida, west to Texas.
Flight period: March in Florida, April & May northward, August in Quebec.
In females, the antennae are thickened in the basal half by dense purplish scaling and filamentous white on the distal half.
Print References
Borror(1): entries for caerule, -ell
Holland(2): p. 437, plate 48--fig. 45, Adela bella Chambers
Powell(3): see entries for bella and aeruginosella on pg. 218
Internet References Adelidae page: photos of male, and some similar species.
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.The Moth Book
W.J. Holland. 1968. Dover.
3.A Synopsis of Nearctic Adelid Moths, with Descriptions of New Species (Incurvariidae)
Jerry A. Powell. 1969. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 23(4): 211-240.