Green Long-horn Adela reaumurella

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Green Long-horn Adela reaumurella

7.006 (BF150) Green Long-horn Adela reaumurella (Linnaeus, 1758)

Wingspan 14-18mm. Forewing length 7-9mm.

The above image is of the male with his extraordinary long  white antennae, which are three times the length of the forewing. The forewing can have a dark green or bluish-green tint, sometimes with a golden tint.

The adult flies in May and June, and in the daytime, where they may swarm. Found in woodland and heathland, amongst other habitats. Common in England and Wales, more local elsewhere, but widespread. The larva feeds on dead leaves on the ground.

© Pete Hillman May 2015, local wood, Staffordshire.

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Longhorn Moth Nemophora degeerella

Adelidae » Adelinae

Longhorn Moth Nemophora degeerella

This moth has a striking metallic bronze ground colour with distinctive markings intersecting the forewing. The males have very long antennae, usually about four times the length of the forewing. I believe the images featured here show a female. Forewing length 7 to 10mm.

Longhorn Moth Nemophora degeerella

The adult flies May and June, during the day, and is seen in damp, deciduous woodland. Common and widespread throughout England and Wales. The larva feeds on dead leaves, often amongst Bluebells, living within a portable case.

© Pete Hillman May 2014, local wood, Staffordshire, England.