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Gold Swift
Phymatopus hecta (Linnaeus, 1758)
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Photo © Jim Wheeler,  Buxton Heath 27/06/09

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Common Swift
Korscheltellus lupulina
Forewing: M 12-15mm. F 13-16mm.
Flight: One generation. June-July.
Foodplant:   Bracken.
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
Norfolk Status
Bands on forewing run parallel unlike other swift moths.

Mainly open woodland, heath and rough grassland.

Male moths of this species known to swarm around foodplant at dusk and release a pheromone scent resembling that of pineapple!

Recorded in 48 (70%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2020.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
23/08/2020128TF74 - Holme/Titchwell
18/07/2020127TG42 - Hickling/Horsey
01/07/2020127TG11 - Drayton/Swannington
26/06/2020127TG32 - Stalham/Catfield
25/06/2020+27TG30 - Brundall/Cantley
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