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21a0106 – 0227   Adela caeruleella Walker, 1863
             Southern Longhorn Moth

© Bob Barber - male            Note Dimorphic Antennae             © Tom Bentley - female
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Synonymy: Adela caeruleella Walker, 1863
Adela aeruginosella Walsingham, 1890
Adela bella Chambers, 1873
Adela chalybeis Zeller, 1873
Adela iochora Zeller, 1877
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness, not proof of identification, and some BOLD specimens shown may not be sequenced.
  • Davis, D.R., & M.J. Medeiros, 2023. A revision of the family Adelidae of the Western Hemisphere (Lepidoptera: Adeloidea). Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology, 656: 1-215.
  • Hall et al., 2021. The Moths of North Carolina - website (identification, habitats and life history)
  • Powell, J.A., 1969. A synopsis of Nearctic adelid moths, with descrip­ tion of new species (Incurvariidae). Journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society, 23(4): 211–240.
  • Species Page at BugGuide.Net
  • Species Page at Mass Moths
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Adela caeruleella
© Bob Barber
Adela caeruleella
© Ben Grubbs
Adela caeruleella
© Jim Vargo
Adela caeruleella
LG(cc) Miss. Ent. Mus.
Adela caeruleella
LG(cc) Miss. Ent. Mus.
Adela caeruleella
LG(cc) Miss. Ent. Mus.

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