Cauchas fibulella

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Cauchas fibulella
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Adelidae
Genus: Cauchas
Species: C. fibulella
Binomial name
Cauchas fibulella
(Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)
Synonyms
  • Tinea fibulella Denis & Schiffermuller, 1775
  • Adela fibulella
  • Tinea exiguella Denis & Schiffermuller, 1775

Cauchas fibulella is a day-active moth of the Adelidae family. It is known from most of Europe, although there are no records from Portugal, Ireland, Iceland, most of the Balkans, Belarus, southern Russia and the Mediterranean Islands.

A sprig of Veronica chamaedrys with larva cases
Larva
Adult

The wingspan is 8-8.5 mm for males and 7.9-8.6 for females. The wings are red-brown with a metallic glow. There is a yellow band and yellow spot located on the forewing. Adults are on wing from May to June.

The larvae feed on Veronica chamaedrys and Veronica officinalis. They start feeding on the seeds. Later, they build a portable case from fragments of plant and start feeding on the leaves close to the ground.

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