Geometridae: Ennominae

07659 Swallow-tailed Moth Ourapteryx sambucaria, (Linnaeus, 1758)

BF1922 (ABH70.243)


General Information

This species has a pale yellow body with white wings which have a fine orange edge and orange stripes.


Pupates in a loose cocoon on the food plant.

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

Forewing length: 22-30mm.
Foodplant(s): hawthorns (Crataegus spp.), Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), Goat Willow (Salix caprea), Black Currant (Ribes nigrum), Elder (Sambucus nigra), Horse-chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum), privets (Ligustrum spp.), Ivy (Hedera helix), broadleaved shrubs
Flying: One generation, late June-mid August
UK Presence: Resident
National status:


Woodlands, gardens and open spaces.

Regional Information

There are no records in the system yet in Bulgaria.

Larva Type:
With lumps, bumps or horn(s)
No. of Proleg Pairs: