Thursday, 12 May 2016

It’s true, fairies do live in the woods …

Chiddingfold Forest, 12 May 2016

Green Longhorn (Adela reaumurella)

A. reaumurella is a small day-flying micromoth belonging to the family Adelidae, the fairy longhorn moths. They have a wingspan of approximately 14 to 18 mm. The upper wings of both sexes are a beautiful metallic green, their under wings metallic bronze. The males (figured above) have extremely long white antenna and have rough black hair on their heads. In comparison, the females have relatively short white-tipped black antenna with shorter and lighter hair on their heads. It is a fairly common species in England, Wales and southern Scotland, though more localised in Ireland. They typically fly from April to June and can often be observed flying in swarms.

They are simply gorgeous …

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