Gold Swift - Phymatopus hecta

    Alt Name
    Hepialus hecta

    Wingspan 22 to 33 mm.

    Identification difficulty

    Occupying a range of grassy and open areas  especially where bracken is present.

    When to see it

    The adults fly in June and July, from dusk onwards.

    Life History

    The female deposits the eggs in flight, and the larvae feed on bracken (Pteridium aquilinum), mainly internally until fully grown, when they feed on young shoots.

    UK Status

    Locally distributed throughout Britain and Ireland. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as local.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant).

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map