Nematopogon swammerdamella

Adela reaumurella may have long 'horns', they still are only a fraction of those of Nematopogon swammerdamella. This creature glistens as well, but is not as striking and colourful as Adela reaumurella is. Both species appear in spring (from April onwards). The caterpillars of both species feed on rotting leaves and live on the ground. Nematopogon swammerdamella however prefers the leaves of beeches and oak, Adela reaumurella is less choosy.

The animal in the last picture could also be another Nematopogon species. It is too worn out to be sure. Within the genus Nematopogon a few similar species exist. They can only be told apart by experts on the basis of very subtle differences.