Saturday, 1 September 2007

Green Longhorn (Adela reaumurella)

Adult Green Longhorn (Adela reaumurella) at Geddington, Northants - May 2012

OTHER NAMES: Green Fairy Longhorn Moth
Length: 17mm (+55-60mm antennae)
Wingspan: 14-18mm
UK Status: Not Evaluated / IUCN Red List: Not Yet Evaluated

The Green Longhorn is a very odd looking insect that more resembles a beetle than the moth that it is: it has a shiny green carapace like set of wings that far more resembles a beetles' shell than wings.  I seem to have encountered this species more in damp areas, but I'm not sure if this is a specific pattern - it's a species whose caterpillar resides in leaf litter.

Related Species:
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Adelidae
Genus: Adela

SUBSPECIES: None - monotypic

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - A fairly common resident which flies in June.
 - Seen in Geddington on several occasions.

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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