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


Swifts (Moths Not Birds)

Orange Swift Hepialus sylvina
Orange Swift Hepialus sylvina

Hepialidae, known as Swift Moths or Ghost Moths, is a primitive group of moths, and there are around 500 species worldwide, and just 5 species in the UK. They have elongated wings which when at rest they hold almost vertically against their bodies. The adults have no functional probosis, so are unable to feed. They also have very short antennae. The caterpillars live under ground feed on the roots of plants, and remain so for up to two years where they will eventually pupate.

Orange Swift Hepialus sylvina
Orange Swift Hepialus sylvina

Both these featured species are often attracted to light and can be seen in various habitats including parks and gardens, often during early dusk. Both are common and widespread.

Common Swift Hepialus lupulinus
Common Swift Hepialus lupulinus

Common Swift Hepialus lupulinus
Common Swift Hepialus lupulinus


Top images August 2011, and bottom images June 2012, rear garden, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2011 and 2012.