Longhorn Moth Nemophora degeerella

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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.