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21a0115 – 0228   Adela ridingsella Clemens, 1864
             Ridings' Fairy Moth

© Tom Murray
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Synonymy: Adela ridingsella Clemens, 1864
Dicte corruscifasciella Chambers, 1873
Adela schlaegeri Zeller, 1873
  • 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
  • Species Page at
  • Walsingham, L.T.d.G., 1909-1915. Tineina, Pterophorina, Orneodina, Pyralidina and Hepialina (part). Biologia Centrali-Americana. Insecta. Lepidoptera-Heterocera, 4: 1-482.
Adela ridingsella
© Tom Murray
Adela ridingsella
© Tom Murray
Adela ridingsella
© Jason Dombroskie
Adela ridingsella
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