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70.243 (BF1922)

Swallow-tailed Moth   

Ourapteryx sambucaria
Adult: 1
Resident, common, widespread. Widespread in Britain to Aberdeenshire, scarce in the Scottish Southern Uplands. Has decreased in abundance since 1970.



Recording method

Comes to lighted windows and light traps.

Life cycle

The extended flight period probably includes two or three generations of the year. Overwinters as a larva from late August to early June.

Larval foodplants

Hawthorn, Blackthorn and Black Currant.


Gardens, hedgerows and woodland.


First recorded in Dumfries and Galloway in 1869 for VC72 near Dumfries by Lennon, in 1870 for VC73 in Colvend parish by White, and 1895 for VC74 at Corsemalzie by Gordon.

688 record(s) from 45 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2021 2022 2022
70.243 Swallow-tailed Moth
70.243 Swallow-tailed Moth
70.243 Swallow-tailed Moth
70.243 Swallow-tailed Moth70.243 Swallow-tailed Moth70.243 Swallow-tailed Moth

 UK Moths website - further information on species (with photos)

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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