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Gold Swift
Phymatopus hecta (Linnaeus, 1758)
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Common Swift
Korscheltellus lupulina
Forewing: M 12-15mm. F 13-16mm.
Flight: One generation. June-July.
Foodplant:   Bracken.
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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 50 (68%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2023.

Latest 10 Records
20/08/2023128TF74Holme NNR
19/08/2023128TF74Holme NNR
17/08/2023128TF74Holme NNR
16/08/2023128TF74Holme NNR
29/06/2023127TG32Irstead / Catfield
26/06/2023127TM07Redgrave & Lopham Fen
23/06/2023127TG32Honing / Crostwight Common
19/06/2023127TG14Kelling Heath
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