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Gold Swift
Phymatopus hecta (Linnaeus, 1758)
Hepialidae
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Photo © Stephen Youngs,  05/06/2016 - Lynford Lakes

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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
Local.
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
14/06/2020128TF91 - Dereham
09/06/2020227TG10 - Wymondham/Cringleford
07/06/2020128TL79 - Methwold/Foulden
26/05/2020127TG20 - Norwich
23/08/2019328TF64 - Hunstanton
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