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Gold Swift
Phymatopus hecta

(Linnaeus, 1758) 16 / 3.004
=Hepialus hecta

Morley's Final Catalogue: Very frequent in all bracken districts.

Recent Suffolk status: Local.

Life history: Single-brooded, flying in summer. Can be seen lekking at dusk over Bracken.

Identification: Orange-brown in colour with parallel bands across the wings, the only swift species that has this feature. Females are darker with grey bands across the wing.

Habitats: Heathlands, woodland rides and open woodlands.

Recorded in 32 (55%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1940.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
27/06/2023426TL93 - Bures/Nayland
27/06/2023125TM14 - Ipswich
06/07/2022225TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
24/06/2022226TL96 - Thurston/Elmswell
11/06/2022125TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
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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
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Underlying maps using Digital Map Data © Norfolk Online Lepidoptera Archive - NOLA™ - Suffolk 2024. © James Wheeler - Norfolk Moths 2007 - 2024. Data © NOLA™ - Suffolk 2024
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