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Common Swift
Korscheltellus lupulina

(Linnaeus, 1758) 17 / 3.002
=Hepialus lupulinus

Davey, P., 2009: A species with a wide distribution in the British Isles, the larva feeding on the roots of various wild and cultivated species of grasses and plants. In Dorset, the moth is abundant on unimproved grassland, rare on heathland, and moderately common elsewhere. The moth formerly, "on occasions, rose to the position of a minor agricultural pest on tuberous rooted plants with corms of the Gladiolus type" (per W Parkinson Curtis manuscript).

Recorded in 38 (95%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1895.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: M 11-16mm. F 15-20mm.
Flight: May - July
Foodplant:   Grasses, Herbaceous plants
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
01/07/201919SY68 Weymouth / Martinstown
01/07/201919ST61 Sherborne
01/07/201929SZ08 Studland / Sandbanks
28/06/201919ST40 Beaminster
28/06/2019+9SY39 Lyme Regis

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