Adela reaumurella is a very common species over most of the UK and is almost certainly overlooked here in Montgomeryshire. The adults can be seen flying around on sunny days; as larvae they feed on leaf litter. The males of species also sometimes swarm - often around oak trees, a sight I've yet to see!
|Adela rufimitrella on cuckoo flower|
Adela rufimitrella, is similar to the above species but can be separated by it's yellow crown, smaller size and brassy-coloured forewings. This species is fairly common across the UK and can be found flying near cuckoo flower or garlic mustard on sunny days. This species is also probably overlooked; I recently found the third county record, the first for 12 years, after less than a minute searching!
Adela cuprella is third of the genus which look fairly similar. This species has yet to be recorded in Montgomeryshire, probably due to its secretive lifestyle, spending most of the time at the tops of sallow trees.
The other two species are Adela fibulella and Adela croesella; the former has only been recorded in the county on a handful of occasions, so one to look out for. The latter has not been recorded here before. Both are quite distinctive.
Just a few more species to look out for when you're out and about!