Orange Swift


Triodia sylvina – This is from a primitive moth group called Hepialidae, which contains just 5 species found in the British Isles. The adults cannot feed for they have no functional proboscis. The images featured are that of the male. The sexes look quite different from one another.



Orange Swift Triodia sylvina

Orange Swift Triodia sylvina

Copyright: Peter Hillman
Camera used: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38
Date taken: 2nd August 2011
Place: Attracted to moth trap, rear garden, Staffordshire


14 thoughts on “Orange Swift

  1. This surprised me. When I read ‘swift,’ I expected to see a bird — although the thought of an orange swift/bird seemed a little strange. This is a pretty one.

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    1. Thank you, Belinda. Yes, the adults only have one thing to concentrate on and that is producing the next generation. After that they all die out.

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  2. These could almost be mistaken for a leaf or a dried up rusty old teabag, but the white X is very distinctive, and more beautiful fringing too.

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