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Orange Swift
Triodia sylvina

(Linnaeus, 1761) 15 / 3.001
=Hepialus sylvina

Davey, P., 2009: A species occurring in most parts of the British Isles, the larva feeding for two years on the roots of bracken (Pteridium aquilinum), dandelion (Taraxacum spp.) and dock (Rumex spp.). In Dorset, the moth is abundant on unimproved grassland and in woodland harbouring bracken. A number of adults trapped in urban and rural areas where bracken, dandelion and dock plants are not dominant (for example calcareous grassland), suggests that larvae flourish on roots of other plants; the... Read More

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 12-18mm F 15-26mm.
Flight: June - September
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
19/09/201919SY58 Abbotsbury
18/09/201919ST61 Sherborne
16/09/201929ST61 Sherborne
15/09/201919SY58 Abbotsbury
14/09/201919SZ07 Swanage

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