Green Long-horn Adela reaumurella
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Adelidae » Adelinae
Males have long, whitish antennae, the females shorter, both sexes having bronzy or metallic greenish forewings. The moths fly in the daytime during May and June, sometimes occurring in swarms.
Wings have an ovoid-elongated shape with rounded apex. The upper wings of both sexes are bronzy or metallic greenish, close along the body. The hind wings are dark brown with a bronze-violet shine. The males have very long thread-shaped whitish antennas, forward-facing and reaching about four times the length of the body. They have very developed eyes and rough black hair on their heads and thorax. Females have relatively short antennas with shorter and lighter hair on their heads. They have also a few orange hairs between the eyes.
Day-flying, males congregating in swarms in bright sunshine. The flight time of these day-active moths ranges from April to June.They protect themselves for the summer and winter in an oblong, brown bag-like structure of small pieces of fallen leaves.In this bag also the pupation takes place the following spring
Common in woodland, heathland especially swarming about the tips of branches of oak, sycamore and other deciduous trees.
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