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3.004 ~ 16 ~ Gold Swift ~ Phymatopus hecta
UK Status

Resident. Local

Montgomeryshire Status

A fairly uncommon species recorded in the north and west of the county.

Wingspan :  M & F, 26-32mm.

Confusion species

Common Swift.
Flight time (Montgomeryshire)


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


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.
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