Seed-feeder: The case is made from a seed capsule and the larvae consume the
contents of a capsule before attaching to another one to feed. The
final case is 4-5mm 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).
The adult is not illustrated in UKMoths (check for update). The male
genitalia are illustrated by the Lepidoptera Dissection Group.
Hosts in Great Britain & Ireland:
elsewhere: Currently unknown.
of year - larvae: July - September (British
of year - adults: Currently unknown.
in Great Britain & Ireland: Britain including Bedfordshire (VC30),
Surrey and West Cornwall (NBN
Gateway), Hartland Moor, Dorset (British
leafminers) and the Channel Is. (Karsholt and van Nieukerken
in Fauna Europaea)
recorded in the Republic of Ireland (Karsholt and van Nieukerken
in Fauna Europaea). See also Ireland's NBDC interactive map.
NBN Grid Map:
elsewhere: Widespread in continental Europe including Belgium,
Canary Is., Corsica, Crete, Cyprus, Danish mainland, Finland, French
mainland, Germany, Greek mainland, Italian mainland, Latvia, North
Aegean Is., Norwegian mainland, Poland, Portuguese mainland, Russia
- South, Sardinia, Sicily, Spanish mainland, Sweden and The Netherlands
(Karsholt and van Nieukerken in Fauna Europaea).
NBN Interactive Grid Maps of known host species:
British and Irish Parasitoids in Britain and elsewhere: Currently unknown.