Swallow-tailed Moth

Ourapteryx sambucaria – One would be forgiven for thinking this is a butterfly. This is a large pale lemon moth with a wingspan of 40-50mm. It has distinctive pointed hindwings with two reddish-brown spots on the bases. There are darker cross-lines on the forewings and hindwings. The colours fade as it gets older and it becomes whiter. The adult flies June to mid-August. It is attracted to light, and is found in woodland, hedgerows, parks and gardens. A fairly common and widespread species. The larvae feed on various broadleaved trees and shrubs.

Swallow-tailed Moth (Ourapteryx sambucaria)

Swallow-tailed Moth (Ourapteryx sambucaria)

Swallow-tailed Moth (Ourapteryx sambucaria)

Attracted to moth trap, rear garden, June 2014. Nikon D3200 Β© Peter Hillman

12 thoughts on “Swallow-tailed Moth

    1. Thank you, Niki πŸ™‚ Here, during the summer months, out in the garden on a warm night you might glimpse two or three of these large and delicate moths fluttering about lighted windows.

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  1. It is a very beautiful moth. Your frist picture gives a good detail of why it is called ‘swallow-tailed’ moth. Perfect Pete!

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