The Moths of Suffolk
1922 Swallow-tailed Moth, Ourapteryx sambucaria, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Woodland, scrub, heathland, hedgerows and gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to mid-August

Larval foodplants : Various woody broad-leaved plants - found locally on Honeysuckle

Morley's Final Catalogue : Fairly frequent everywhere throughout the County, at both dusk and light, in July. Recently noticed about Ipswich; Martlesham (D); Monks Soham (Mly) and Gorleston (Mr).

Wingspan details : Forewing 22-30mm, Wingspan 50-62mm


Confusion species : None

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2002) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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New Forest ( © Paul Kitchener
Beaten from Blackthorn - Engry Wood, Suffolk (iv.2004) © N Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk ( © Neil Sherman
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Found on Ivy after dark - Little Blakenham, Suffolk (28.ix.2013) © Neil Sherman