Common Swift - Korscheltellus lupulina

Alternative names
Swift, Hepialus lupulinus

Wingspan 25-40 mm. A variable species, ranging in colour fron gingery brown to pale grey, and with white markings of varying boldness.

Identification difficulty

Various grassland, gardens and roadside verges.

When to see it

The adults fly in May and June.

Life History

Feeding on the roots of grasses and small plants, the larvae live underground.

UK Status

The commonest of the Swift moths, distributed throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

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

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