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Swallow-tailed Moth
Ourapteryx sambucaria

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1922 / 70.243

Davey, P., 2009: A species found throughout southern Britain, the larva feeding on hawthorn (Crateagus spp.), blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), ivy (Hedera helix), privet (Ligustrum spp.) and a variety of other deciduous and evergreen tree and shrub species. In Dorset, the moth is evenly distributed. 'The insect is not abundant and does not like fir woods, but it is a usual sight of an evening flying rapidly along country lanes, in rides in woods and about town in gardens and parks' (W Parkinson... Read More

Recorded in 39 (98%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1930.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 22-30mm
Flight: June - August
Foodplant:   Broadleaved woody plants, Hawthorn, Blackthorn etc
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
04/10/201919SZ07 Swanage
08/08/201919SY98 Wareham
27/07/201919SZ07 Swanage
24/07/201919SY49 Bridport
24/07/2019+9SY67 Portland / Weymouth

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