and case-bearer: Larva
feeds on seeds and withering flowers. The full-grown case is 6 mm
long, roughened with plant material attached to the case (British
takes place within the case (UKMoths).
Larva: The larvae of moths have a head capsule and chewing mouthparts with opposable mandibles (see video of a gracillarid larva feeding), six thoracic legs and abdominal legs (see examples).
Pupa: The pupae of moths have visible head appendages, wings and legs which lie in sheaths (see examples).
The adult is illustrated in UKMoths.
genitalia are illustrated by the Lepidoptera Dissection Group.
Hosts in Great Britain & Ireland:
elsewhere: Currently unknown.
of year - larvae: September to October (British
of year - adults: A single generation, flying in July and August,
sometimes coming to light.
in Great Britain & Ireland: Widespread in Southern England
and Wales, and is also found in Central Scotland (UKMoths);
including Bedfordshire (VC30), Buckinghamshire (VC24), Cambridgeshire (VC29), Derbyshire (VC57),
East Cornwall (VC2), East Norfolk (VC27), East Suffolk (VC25), Flintshire (VC51), Glamorganshire (VC41),
Herefordshire (VC36), Merionethshire (VC48), Middlesex (VC21), Monmouthshire (VC35), North Essex (VC19),
North Hampshire (VC12), North Somerset (VC6), North Wiltshire (VC7), Shropshire (VC40), South Hampshire (VC11), South Lancashire (VC59), South Wiltshire (VC8), South-west Yorkshire (VC63),
Staffordshire (VC39), Surrey (VC17), West Cornwall (VC1), West Gloucestershire (VC34), West Kent (VC16),
West Norfolk (VC28), West Suffolk (VC26) and Worcestershire (VC37) (NBN
and the Channel Is. (Karsholt and van Nieukerken in Fauna Europaea).
recorded in the Republic of Ireland (Karsholt and van Nieukerken
in Fauna Europaea).
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elsewhere: Widespread in continental Europe including Austria,
Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Danish mainland, Estonia,
Finland, French mainland, Hungary, Italian mainland, Latvia, Lithuania,
Norwegian mainland, Poland, Portuguese mainland, Romania, Russia
- South, Slovakia, Spanish mainland, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands
and Ukraine (Karsholt and van Nieukerken in Fauna Europaea).
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