Green longhorn

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Green longhorn
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Adelidae
Genus: Adela
Species: A. reaumurella
Binomial name
Adela reaumurella
(Linnaeus, 1758)[1]
Synonyms
  • Phalaena reaumurella Linnaeus, 1758
  • Phalaena viridella Scopoli, 1763

The green longhorn (Adela reaumurella) is a day-active lepidopteran from the moth family Adelidae, the fairy longhorn moths. Adela reaumurella occurs in southern North Europe, Western Europe through Central Europe to Eastern Europe.Across the temperate Palearctic the range extends to Japan. In the South, the species occurs to Sicily and Anatolia. It is missing on the Iberian Peninsula.

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 bronze. The males have very long antennas that are white. They have rough black hair on their heads. The females have relatively short antennas with shorter and lighter hair on their heads.

The flight time ranges from April to June.

The caterpillars feed on leaf remains.

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