The Moths of Suffolk
17 Common Swift, Hepialus lupulinus, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widepsread and common

Habitats : Gardens, woodland, grassland, fen, scrub and heathland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; May to August.

Larval foodplants : Roots of grasses (Gramineae) and other herbaceous plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : Quite common everywhere from Bentley Woods to Gorleston. Frequently at Monks Soham light in June and late May.

Wingspan details : Forewing male 11-16mm, female 15-20mm, Wingspan 25-40mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultOrange Swift, Hepialus sylvina
Gold Swift, Hepialus hecta

Compare confusion species
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Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2002) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Female - Ipswich, Suffolk (20.vi.2016) © Paul Kitchener
Female - Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2006) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (15.v.2010) © A Prichard
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (15.v.2010) © A Prichard
VC25, Gorleston, Suffolk (20.v.2010) © Brian Jones
Male - Ipswich, Suffolk (28.v.2012) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (17.v.2017) © Paul Kitchener