The Moths of Suffolk
18 Map-winged Swift, Hepialus fusconebulosa, (DeGeer, 1778)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Uncertain (SMP Status 4)

Habitats : Moorland, rough pasture, heathland and open woodland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late May to early July

Larval foodplants : Commonly associated with Bracken (Pteridium aquilinum) roots, also roots of other plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : Eye in August 1859 (Tyrer, Entom. Weekly Intelligencer vii, p. 43 : cf. Trans. i, 31).

Wingspan details : Forewing 14-26mm, Wingspan 32-50mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultOrange Swift, Hepialus sylvina

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Scotland (vi.2004) © M Deans

Flight chart
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Further Photographs

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France (7.vi.2005) © Lee Gregory
Las Descargues, France. (vi.2007) © Neil Sherman
Pamber Forest, Hampshire (29.v.2009) © Matthew Deans
 
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Ross-shire (29.v.2008) © Lee Gregory
Nethybridge, Inverness-shire (vi.2009) © Neil Sherman
Pamber Forest, Hampshire (18.vi.2010) © Matthew Deans
 
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Female - Cairngorm, Inverness-shire (24.vii.2011) © Neil Sherman