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Korscheltellus lupulina (Linnaeus, 1758)
previously: Hepialus lupulinus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Common Swift
3.0020 (B&F: 17)

»Suborder: Glossata
 »Superfamily: Hepialoidea
  »Family: Hepialidae

Status and ecology:

A resident species, often fairly common to common at mv light near woods, occasionally so on the Downs and along the coast, but usually less frequent elsewhere. Probably generally distributed but high numbers are local. Single-brooded, flying mainly from late-May to early July. Larvae feed inside the roots of various herbaceous plants. (Pratt, 2011)

Dave and Pen Green: 22-04-2012

Common Swift caterpillars are sometimes parisitised by the fungus Cordyceps gracilis (see photo, left). Jake Everitt discovered an example of this fungus in spring 2012 at Mill Hill, and the fungus was only about 20mm high.

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Bracklesham, 15 vi 2012 Photo: Derek Lee

Hepialus lupulinus (Linnaeus, 1758)

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Distribution map for Hepialus lupulinus

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Phenology chart for Hepialus lupulinus

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