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Adelidae

Overview

Encased larvae found in flowers or among leaf litter.

Description

Head with raised hair-scales; compound eyes often large and sometimes almost holoptic in males. Adelids have the longest antennae in the Lepidoptera; antennae longer than fore wing in all Australian species, 2 to 5 times length of fore wing in males, often shorter in females; proboscis long to very long, scaled at base; fore wing with chorda well developed; tip of ovipositor slender and almost pointed. Pupa with appendages at most lightly glued to body, maxillary palps present, long antennae wrapped around abdomen.

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