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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jul.

Forewing: 14-16mm.

Foodplant: Bracken.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19291883188318831883
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records826203290999177
Number of individuals7254474972785647
Unique positions888312219539
Unique locations877713119036
Adult records811190238972169
Immature records02101

For the county, we have a total of 2495 records from 521 sites. First recorded in 1883.


03.003 Map-winged Swift 06 f. gallicus
© Tony Moverley, 27 Jun 2013
03.003 Map-winged Swift 05
© Andy Nunn
03.003 Map-winged Swift 04 f. gallicus
© Paul Kipling, 26 Jun 2009
03.003 Map-winged Swift 03
© Paul Kipling, 23 Jun 2009
03.003 Map-winged Swift 02
© Charles Fletcher, 22 Jun 2001
03.003 Map-winged Swift 01 f. gallicus
© Charles Fletcher, 22 Jun 2001

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Generally frequent in both hilly and marshy areas in all five vice-counties and may be very abundant on moorland.

2012 (CHF): Very common in areas with bracken but can be found in areas without bracken. Numbers stable.

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