Adela reaumurella

    Alternative names
    Green Long-horn

    Wingspan 14-18 mm. The males have long, whitish antennae, the females shorter with both sexes having bronzy or metallic greenish forewings.

    Identification difficulty

    Habitats are open areas such as heath land, moor land, country gardens, parks and wherever the larval food plants are to be found.

    When to see it

    The moths fly in the daytime during May and June, sometimes occurring in swarms, and often around the tops of trees and bushes.

    Life History

    The caterpillar lives in a portable case and feeds on leaf-litter of Oak and Birch.

    UK Status

    A fairly common species in England, Wales and southern Scotland, more local in Ireland. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map