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16 ~ Gold Swift ~ Phymatopus hecta
UK Status

Resident. Local

Montgomeryshire Status

Resident. An uncommon but probably overlooked species. Recorded only on a handful of occasions in the last ten years.

Wingspan :  M & F, 26-32mm.

Confusion species

Common Swift.


Flight time (Montgomeryshire)

Habitat

Bracken covered slopes on heathland, rough grassland and open woodland.

Foodplant

Bracken roots are the main foodplant but probably feeds on roots of grasses and herbs.

Lifestage data

Overwinters twice as a larva then pupates underground. Larva June-May.
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Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by MDH, 10th July 2010, Lake Vyrnwy

Photo by PB, 14th July 2012, Hafren Forest.
Pic shows female

Photo by GBC, 9th June 2014, Lake Vyrnwy