00067 Common Swift Korscheltellus lupulina (=Hepialus lupulinus), (Linnaeus, 1758)

BF0017 (ABH3.002)


General Information

This is the most common of the UK swift moths.


The female is larger and the male has quite variable markings.


Flies mainly at dusk and within the first hour of darkness.


Pupates underground.

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

Forewing length: M 11-16mm. F 15-20mm.
Foodplant(s): grasses, herbaceous plants
Flying: One generation, May-July
UK Presence: Resident
National status:


Grassland, gardens, roadsides, fens and moorland.

Regional Information

There are no records in the system yet in Bulgaria.

Similar Species
Belmeken, Rila Mtns., 29th July 2017. Female.
Belmeken, Rila Mtns., 29th July 2017. Female.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Orange Swift Triodia sylvina (=Hepialus)
Gold Swift Phymatopus hecta (=Hepialus)

Larva Type:
grey, white, brown
No. of Proleg Pairs: