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Moth Longhorn Moth

Longhorn Moth - Photo  Copyright 2002 Gary Bradley
Photo: G. Bradley

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Latin name: Nemophora degeerella

Size: Approximately 10mms long. The antennae of the males are around 30mms long. The female's antennae are much shorter.

Distribution: Found throughout most of England and Wales.

Months seen: April to July.

Food: The caterpillars feed on the ground in leaf litter.

Habitat: Woodland edges, hedgerows and gardens.

Special features: This is just one of several longhorn moths found in Britain, so called because of their long antennae. The one in the photo above has the longest antennae of all the British moths.

They can sometimes be seen in groups, performing what looks like a dance in the sunlight. They go up in the air about 60cms, then drop back down to rest. It's as if the weight of their antennae prevent them getting any higher.

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