Hepialidae

0018 (ABH3.003) Map-winged Swift Korscheltellus fusconebulosa (=Pharmacis) (=Hepialus), (DeGeer, 1778)

KR00069

Female, Carmarthenshire
Female, Carmarthenshire
 Photo © Martin Lovell
Female, Carmarthenshire
 Photo © Martin Lovell
 pre-1981
 1981-1999
 2000-2009
 2010-onwards
Male, Carmarthenshire
Male, Carmarthenshire
 Photo © Martin Lovell
f. gallicus - Glass Aird, Colonsay, Argyll 08-06-14
f. gallicus - Glass Aird, Colonsay, Argyll 08-06-14
 Photo © Ian Fisher
 Photo © Val Perrin


General Information

This moth has distinctive map-like markings and chequered fringes and is unlike any other swifts found in the UK.

 

Flies at dusk.

 

Overwinters twice as a larva. Pupates underground.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a larva.
Both sexes readily come to light, sometimes in numbers.

Forewing length: 14-16mm.
Foodplant(s): Bracken (Pteridium aquilinum)
Flying: One generation, late May-early July
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Local

Habitat

Moorland, heathland and open woodland.

Regional Information

Recorded in 5 (1.9%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in August 1978

Recorded date range (Adult): 12 June to 21 August

Similar Species
Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Orange Swift Triodia sylvina (=Hepialus)

Local
Larva/Leafmine:
Larva Type:
Smooth
Colours:
yellow, white, brown
No. of Proleg Pairs:
5