Seq # 130020010

Cauchas fibulella (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) Species

Last modified: Feb. 9, 2024, 3:23 p.m.

A rare species throughout Belgium.


Family: Adelidae > Subfamily: Adelinae > Genus: Cauchas > Species: Cauchas fibulella
Vernacular names
Dwerglangsprietmot (NL), Little Long-horn (EN)
First mention in Belgium
De Fré Ch. 1858. Catalogue des Microlépidoptères de la Belgique. — Annales de la Société entomologique belge 2: 45–162. On page 116 (as Adela (Cauchas) fibulella). view page




Wingspan 9–11 mm. One of the smallest Adelidae. Head black in both sexes. Ground colour brown, a small whitish dot near the base and a larger one in the median area. In the males, the basal dot is often absent. In some rare cases both whitish dots are missing and then the specimens resemble Cauchas rufimitrella.
Antennae of both sexes a little longer than the forewing, black at the base and white towards the tip.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


Yellowish white transparent skin through which the inner organs can be seen as light brown structures. Head and prothoracic plate dark brown, mesothoracic plate light brown and metathoracic plate with the same colour as the abdominal segments.

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The small case of maximal 5 mm is constructed from soil particles and wittered leaf pieces.

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Oviposition in the seed capsules of Veronica. The larva lives at first inside the seed capsules and later on the lower leaves of Veronica chamaedrys.
Hibernation in the larval stage as an almost full-grown larva. The larva feeds further in early spring. Pupation from April in the larval case which is constructed from leaf fragments.
The adults are active in sunshine and resting on the flowers of the hostplant. They almost never leave the immediate growing place of the food plants.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in one generation a year from May till July.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Veronica chamaedrys and Veronica officinalis

The larva lives on Veronica chamaedrys from which it first consumes the inner cells of the seed capsule and later on the wittered and dead leaves of the hostplant.

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Shady places and clearings in forests where Veronica grows; meadows and borders of raised bogs with Veronica chamaedrys.

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