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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Abundant and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jul.

Forewing: M 11-16mm. F 15-20mm.

Foodplant: Grasses, Herbaceous plants.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19291930184619401969
Year last recorded20142014201420142015
Number of records502578811731526284
Number of individuals419421783299857871306
Unique positions15412918920231
Unique locations15311918221228
Adult records499076010961432279
Immature records20010

For the county, we have a total of 8796 records from 694 sites. First recorded in 1846.


03.002 Common Swift 07 female
© Paul Holmes, Jun 2020
03.002 Common Swift 06
© Nick Lawman
03.002 Common Swift 05
© Andy Nunn
03.002 Common Swift 04
© Derek Parkinson
03.002 Common Swift 03
© Damian Money
03.002 Common Swift 02 female
© Charles Fletcher, 22 Jun 2001
03.002 Common Swift 01
© Charles Fletcher, 6 Jun 2001

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widely distributed and often frequent or common throughout all five vice-counties, although numbers may vary considerably from year to year. The moth flies well before dusk low over grassy areas.

2012 (CHF): The commonest of the Swift Moths and widespread in all areas. The forewing marking vary considerably, especially in the male. The female is larger and greyer. Numbers are stable.

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