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Ghost Moth
Hepialus humuli (Linnaeus, 1758)
Hepialidae
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Photo © Dave Jones,  16/06/2022 - Stoke Holy Cross

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Similar Species: None
Forewing: M 21-29mm. F 21-35mm.
Flight: One generation. June-Aug.
Foodplant:   Grasses, Herbaceous plants.
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
Status
Common.
Largest of our Swift moths, formerly named the Ghost Swift.
The English name 'Ghost' comes from the white males, the female being yellow, marked with orange.

Male moths can sometimes be seen at dusk performing ghostly courtship displays ('lekking') over grassy areas.

Recorded in 66 (89%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2024.

Latest 10 Records
Date#VC10kArea
18/06/2024127TG14Sheringham Park
14/06/2024128TL99Rockland St Peter
14/06/2024128TF41West Walton
10/06/2024128TF50Wiggenhall Fen
07/06/2024127TG23Swafield
29/05/2024127TG13Little Barningham
29/05/2024127TG13Little Barningham
28/05/2024128TF41West Walton
12/08/2023128TF70Cockley Cley
07/08/2023127TG10Cringleford (UEA)
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