Nematopogon swammerdamella

Alternative names
Large Long-horn

Wingspan 18-21 mm. The largest of Britain's 'longhorn' moths. Resembles N. schwarziellus, with long white antennae and yellow-orange head tufts, but is larger and has no discal spot.

Identification difficulty

Usually associated with deciduous woodland habitats.

When to see it

It is on the wing during May and June.

Life History

The larvae are believed to feed on dead leaves.

UK Status

This species is generally distributed throughout the British Isles. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant)

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