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fairy longhorn moth

By CarolG  
This tiny moth has to have the longest antennae I have ever seen on a creature. A little fairy longhorn moth, the males have antennae ranging up to five times their body length, whereas the female has much shorter antennae. This moth is fairly common in Europe, its habitat being in damp forests, where it feeds on leaf litter on the ground. The flight period ranges from May to July. When in flight they appear to dance and weave in the sunshine, hence their nickname of fairy moth.

Tags: Wildlife Nature Macro General Moth Close-up Close-up and macro Antennae

Voters: KarenFB, Coen, Jerrin and 45 more

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KarenFB Plus
15 5.7k 183 England
7 Jun 2016 5:41AM
A beautiful capture, especially as you've managed to get both antennae completely in frame!

It's wonderful watching these little moths 'dance', their white antennae show up so well!
Coen 8 5 South Africa
7 Jun 2016 5:48AM
Jerrin 6 23 England
7 Jun 2016 6:17AM
Great shot, gorgeous detail. I think I have a photograph of one and my first thought was how on earth do they manage to get around.
jocas 6 6 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2016 6:25AM
Great captures Carol the second version is my favorite -beautiful image.
vivdy 10 2 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2016 7:08AM
The antennae must be quite an encumbrance for this wee beastie . Lovely image . Viv
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2455 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2016 7:10AM
I love it when you compose / crop for the antennae.
7 Jun 2016 7:45AM
A lovely pair my choice V1. Well done Carol.
7 Jun 2016 8:25AM
Splendid captures Carol.
barbarahirst 13 27 12 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2016 8:34AM
amazing to see....wonder why they have evolved like this
Irishkate Plus
11 45 121 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2016 9:20AM
What a capture Carol - a vision to behold - is there a purpose for the long antennae?
Love those flowers too.
Kate Grin
Alison_S 15 339 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2016 9:30AM
Two fine captures Carol, can't get over the length of the antennae!!!!!
CaroleS Plus
11 442 3 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2016 9:40AM
Well done to get both antennae in, they are so very long!
7 Jun 2016 9:50AM
Amazing antennae, Carol, great macros. I bet he doesn't have any problems picking up World service radio programmes Wink

Dave Wink
Nikonuser1 Plus
9 168 16 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2016 11:18AM
A great set Carol, a great looking critterGrinGrinGrinGrin

Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2016 12:16PM
Sorry not much individual comments as I am on night shifts...
If I voted... you are showing excellent work Grin
prabhusinha 13 5 5 India
7 Jun 2016 1:35PM
What about the beautiful white flowers
7 Jun 2016 1:41PM
Superb set Carol. How lovely to see. Cathy
7 Jun 2016 2:35PM
great set carol maybe v2 for me but only just
7 Jun 2016 2:54PM
Three beautiful captures
Mollycat Plus
8 21 2 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2016 3:05PM
Incredible looking thing Carol. those antennae are enormous.
Peter GrinGrinGrin
danbrann 17 640 17
7 Jun 2016 3:26PM
Yes another beauty Carol and I think you have led with the best one. The diagonal of the antennae just helps make it a winner.
TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
7 Jun 2016 4:32PM
Has to be the longest antennae I've ever seen in a photograph too! Makes you wonder why they need them so long, and how they get about without breaking them off! Wink An excellent set, Carol Smile
Trev Smile
7 Jun 2016 5:10PM
Pleased to be 30 on this one Carol, excellent!

CanonAndy22 9 6 1 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2016 6:22PM
Great find Carol. Super images. SmileSmile
capto Plus
9 6.8k 25 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2016 6:36PM
A fascinating little creature, well taken.Smile

abuanas 5 5 Saudi Arabia
7 Jun 2016 8:34PM
Great shots, Carol Smile
ukgubbi 9 5 India
8 Jun 2016 5:45AM
Antenna is too long for it's small body. Well presented.
LynneJoyce Plus
13 22 101 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2016 6:14AM
The composition of your opener is spot on and all three images do this lovely creature full justice.
fificat100 10 5 2 Scotland
8 Jun 2016 10:43AM
Amazing little critter, well captured.
bricurtis Plus
16 2.5k 51 England
8 Jun 2016 7:47PM
You did well getting those antenna into the image Carol.

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