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Gold Swift
Phymatopus hecta

(Linnaeus, 1758) 16 / 3.004
=Hepialus hecta

Davey, P., 2009: A local species in the British Isles, the larva feeding for two years on the roots of bracken (Pteridium aquilinum). The adult male is said to exude a scent reminiscent of pineapple. In Dorset, the moth is rather local, preferring the shelter of woodland on acid and clay soils where bracken abounds. The oscillating dusk flight of this species has been observed by the author immediately above bracken canopy in Chase Woods, in Holt Wood and close to Hardy's monument on the summit... Read More

Recorded in 22 (55%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1895.
Last Recorded in 2018.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: M 12-15mm. F 13-16mm.
Flight: June - July
Foodplant:   Bracken
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
22/06/201819SY99 Lytchett Matravers
22/06/201819SY68 Weymouth / Martinstown
15/06/201819SY99 Lytchett Matravers
08/06/201819SY99 Lytchett Matravers
18/08/2016+9SY98 Wareham

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