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

HEPIALIDAE

Las Descargues, 19 June 2015
Pharmacis fusconebulosa Adult

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© Robin Howard

Pharmacis fusconebulosa (De Geer, 1778)

Map-winged Swift
L'Hépiale véléda

Wingspan: 32-55mm

Imago: Univoltine, flying in June and July when it is attracted to light. Never a common species but it has been recorded from the traps at Las Descargues and those on the Causse. A species of heathland, open woodland and the limestone pavement of the Causse.

Larva: Feeds on the roots of Pteridium aquilinum overwintering twice as a larva before pupating in the second spring underground.

 

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