Longhorn Moth (Nemophora degeerella)

This moth is less than 1cm long and yet its antennae are twice as long in females and four times as long in males. Not surprising then that this is generally called a Longhorn Moth. They are not horns of course! I would suggest that this is a female which is also slightly darker in colour than the male.

To see these in the sunshine sitting on a leaf like this is not uncommon as they are distributed across the country in areas of deciduous or mixed woodland.

Most frequently, however, you see them in woodland clearings in May and June dancing up and down (not dissimilar to a mayfly). They are much harder to identify then and you cannot see their lovely colouring.

With the sun on them they are wonderful combination of gold on a metallic green back ground.

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