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Species Adela ridingsella - Ridings' Fairy Moth - Hodges#0228

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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 ridingsella (Ridings' Fairy Moth - Hodges#0228)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Adela ridingsella Clemens 1864 (Orig. Descrip. Proc. Ent. Soc. Phila., 2:426; Walsingham 1890, Insect Life, 2:284)
Adela ?ridingsella Weiss & West 1925 (Larval gall biology: Ent. News, 36:116)
Adela schlaegeri Zeller 1873 (Orig. Description: Verh. Zool.-bot Ges. Wien, 23:227)
Dicte corruscifasciella Chambers 1873 (Orig. Description: Canad. Ent., 5:74)
Adela corruscifasciella Chambers 1878 (Synonymy: Bull. U.S. Geol. Survey, 4:127)
Adela coruscifasciella (sp. error) Walsingham 1880 (Synonymy: Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond. :79)
Adult: basal half of forewing brownish-orange; median and apical bands silvery; distal half of wing with patch of large black spots near inner margin, and small black spots mid-wing; hindwing uniformly brownish-orange with wide fringe
Quebec to North Carolina, west to Illinois, north to Michigan and Ontario
Larvae associated with leaf petiole galls in the vine Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper) were described in Weiss & West(1925). The larvae were identified as Adelidae, possibly A. ridingsella, by Mr. Carl Heinrich. The galls were found in New Jersey from late May to mid-June. In mid-June, larvae formed an external case from particles of excrement and exited the gall, sheltering under debris on the forest floor. Pupae formed in August, and adults emerged the following year in mid-May. [Note from Charley Eiseman: these larvae may actually have been Heliozela aesella.]
Internet References
live adult photo taken from this page (Robert Vigneault, Quebec)
presence in North Carolina; PDF list (Summary of Day-flying Moth Biodiversity of GSMNP)
presence in Illinois and Michigan - search species "ridingsella" (Lepidopterists Society Season Summary, U. of Florida)
presence in Ontario; list (NHIC; Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources)