Adela reaumurella

Posted by Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 16 June 2011 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Adela reaumurella (NL: smaragdlangsprietmot / EN: Green Longhorn / DE: Langhornmot sp.) is a day-active lepidopteran from the moth family Adelidae, the longhorn moths. The longhorn moths, also known as fairy moths, have long antennae. They do not belong to just one family. There are various similar families. Best known and in possession of the longest horns though are the true longhorn moths in the Adelidae family. Even though they are all quite small, they are striking animals indeed. Their long 'horns' and often beautiful metallic colours attract the attention immediately. Adela reaumurella is a typical representative of this group. The males (see image) sometimes dance in large groups, just like mosquitoes do. As in all longhorn moths the antennae of the females are much shorter than the males'. In Adela reaumurella however there's another striking difference: the males have lots of black hairs on the head and the first part of the body.
The wingspan of the moth ranges from 14 to 18 millimeter. The upper wings of both sexes are metallic green and the under wings are metallic bronze. The flight time ranges from April to June.

Image: Lille (BE) - 03/05/2011

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