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Gold Swift
Phymatopus hecta (Linnaeus, 1758)
16 / 3.004
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.
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former 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 50 (68%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2022.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
08/06/2022327TG10 - Wymondham/Cringleford
31/08/2021127TG33 - Bacton
10/07/2021127TG30 - Brundall/Cantley
09/07/2021127TG42 - Hickling/Horsey
27/06/2021128TF51 - Tilney/Wiggenhall
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