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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 22-30mm.

Foodplant: Broadleaved woody plants. Hawthorn, Blackthorn etc.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19291930184618861880
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records166188217281793185
Number of individuals2317152129964022280
Unique positions13711221420932
Unique locations14211221120732
Adult records162183716401720182
Immature records10000

For the county, we have a total of 6249 records from 704 sites. First recorded in 1846.


70.243 Swallow-Tailed Moth 07 Tail
© Colin Duke All Rights Reserved 2018
70.243 Swallow-Tailed Moth 06
© Colin Duke All Rights Reserved 2018
70.243 Swallow-tailed Moth 05
© Damian Money
70.243 Swallow-tailed Moth 04
© Andy Nunn
70.243 Swallow-tailed Moth 03
© Paul Kipling, 30 Jun 2009
70.243 Swallow-tailed Moth 02
© Charles Fletcher, 6 Jul 2001
70.243 Swallow-tailed Moth 01
© Ian Andrews

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: A moth of woods and gardens and in some areas, such as the Wolds, almost restricted to the latter habitat (PQW pers. comm.). Recorded frequently in vice-counties 62 to 64 but slightly less in VC61 and VC65 where there is generally less woodland.

2012 (CHF): Continues to be common and widespread with no recent changes in numbers or range.

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