Monday, 1 June 2015

Fairy Longhorns ...

Yellow-barred Longhorn (Nemophora degeerella)

Simply gorgeous ...

The beautiful N. degeerella (Linnaeus, 1758) is relatively common over much of England and Wales. It is a resident species in Sussex and can be common in a few places to the west of the county. It tends to favour deciduous woodland, often damp, and around well wooded hedgerows. In May and June, the males, which have extremely long antennae, can often be seen in groups, 'dancing' in the sunshine. The family Adelidae, one of my favourite groups of moths.


  1. Wondering what the evolutionary purpose behind those antnennae is?

  2. Good question and one to which I don't know the answer. I was also rather taken by the feathered appearance of the female antennae.