Cauchas rufimitrella

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Cauchas rufimitrella
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Adelidae
Genus: Cauchas
Species: C. rufimitrella
Binomial name
Cauchas rufimitrella
(Scopoli, 1763)
Synonyms
  • Phalaena rufimitrella Scopoli, 1763
  • Adela reskovitsiella Szent-Ivany, 1945
  • Adela rufimitrella Scopoli, 1763
  • Adela uhrikmeszarosiella Szent-Ivany, 1945

Cauchas rufimitrella is a diurnal lepidopteran from the family Adelidae, the fairy long horn moths. It is found in almost all of Europe, except Portugal, Ukraine and the southern part of the Balkan Peninsula.[1]

The wingspan of the moth ranges from 10 to 12 millimeters. The wings are metallic red-purple. Flight time is May to June.

Caterpillars live on the seeds of Cardamine pratensis and then they pupate over the winter.

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