Pharmacis lupulina - Lot Moths and Butterflies - species in Las Descargues, the Lot, France
drawing of a moth


Las Descargues, 7 May 2011
Pharmacis lupulina Adult


© Robin Howard

Pharmacis lupulina (Linnaeus, 1758)

Common Swift
La Louvette

Wingspan: male - 22-33mm, female - 30-42mm

A univoltine species on the wing from May to the end of June when it is an occasional visitor to light but always early. A species of grassland, moorland, heath and wetlands.

Larvae feed on the roots of herbaceous plants and grasses overwintering as larvae before pupating underground.