and case-bearer: The eggs are laid on the florets of goosefoot and orache (UKMoths).
feeds on seeds. The full-grown case is 6-7 mm long (British
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).
Pupation occurs in the case on the ground (UKMoths).
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: July and August (UKMoths).
in Great Britain & Ireland: Thought to be locally common
throughout most of the British Isles (UKMoths)
including Anglesey (VC52), Banffshire (VC94), Bedfordshire (VC30), Caernarvonshire (VC49), Cambridgeshire (VC29),
Cardiganshire (VC46), Denbighshire (VC50), Derbyshire (VC57), East Norfolk (VC27), East Ross (VC106),
East Suffolk (VC25), Flintshire (VC51), Glamorganshire (VC41), Herefordshire (VC36), Hertfordshire (VC20),
Kincardineshire (VC91), Middlesex (VC21), North Essex (VC19), North Hampshire (VC12), North Somerset (VC6),
North Wiltshire (VC7), Shropshire (VC40), South Lancashire (VC59), South Wiltshire (VC8), Staffordshire (VC39),
Surrey (VC17), West Gloucestershire (VC34), West Norfolk (VC28), West Suffolk (VC26), Westmorland (VC69) and Worcestershire (VC37) (NBN
Gateway) and Ireland (Karsholt and van Nieukerken in Fauna Europaea).
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elsewhere: Widespread in continental Europe including Austria,
Croatia, Czech Republic, Danish mainland, Estonia, Finland, French
mainland, Germany, Greek mainland, Hungary, Italian mainland, Latvia,
Macedonia, Norwegian mainland, Poland, Portuguese mainland, Russia
- North and South, Sardinia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spanish mainland,
Sweden, The Netherlands and Ukraine. Also recorded in Near East
and North Africa (Karsholt and van Nieukerken in Fauna Europaea).
Also recorded in the Republic of Ireland (NBDC interactive map).
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British and Irish Parasitoids in Britain and elsewhere: Currently unknown.