Monday 18 April 2011

Mega Moth - Adela Cuprella!

A search with Tom Tams for Emperor Moth today ended with the fantastic discovery of Adela cuprella, a rare 'Longhorn' moth last recorded in Northumberland by Bolam in 1889!

Five moths were observed flying and landing on the highest catkins of Grey Willow Salix cinerea.

0149 Adela cuprella

This moth is probably under recorded as it appears in April flying high above flowering Grey Willow. If you are any where near rivers, lakes or wetland and you see Grey Willow, check above them with binoculars and look for small black triangular moths 'dancing' around flowering catkins. If you see any, please let me know.

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