Ghost Moth - Hepialus humuli


Wingspan around 50 mm. The English name 'Ghost' comes from the white males, which can sometimes be seen at dusk, 'hovering' over grassy areas. The females are quite different, being yellow, marked with orange.

Identification difficulty

Rough meadows and grassland.

When to see it

The adults fly during June and July.

Life History

The larvae feed underground on the roots of grasses and small plants. The males have leks in grassy places on downland and in meadows where they fly in numbers at dusk and the females wander, presumably on egg-laying missions.

UK Status

A fairly common species over much of Britain. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Still quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland but possibly declining in our area. 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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