Last modified: May 17, 2021, 4:21 p.m.
A not so common species throughout Belgium.
Wingspan 12–14 mm. This is the only Belgian Adela species with one transverse yellow band, somewhat similar to Nemophora degeerella which is almost twice as large and has a more pronounced yellowish pattern of longitudinal stripes. Males have long, slender antennae while the base of the antennae in the females is thickened with black scales with a bluish hue.
White, semi-transparent showing the inner organs as reddish-brown structures. Head and prothoracic plate brown; meso- and metathoracic plates very light brown, almost the same colour as the abdominal segments.
The larva constructs an oval case of many soil particles, sides slightly concave, 8–9 mm.
Oviposition in the flowers of mainly Ligustrum. The larvae are thought to feed at first at flowers and or seeds of the food plant. It builds later a portable flat, elongate-ovate case constructed from leaf fragments and covered with soil particles from which it feeds on fallen leaves, preferably in the shade of bushes. Hibernation as an almost full-grown larva. Pupation in the larval case.
The adults fly in the sunshine and later come occasionally to light. Most authors claim that the adults live separately but some have observed that they fly in swarms around bushes. Females hide during the day on bush leaves, mainly low to the ground. Males are much more active and search solitarily or in small groups for females.
The adults fly in one generation a year: from late May till late June.
The larvae are thought to feed at first at flowers and or seeds of Ligustrum vulgare, Hippophae rhamnoides and other shrubs, like Cornus sanguineum and Olea europaea.
Deciduous forest edges with bushes, mainly exposed to the south.