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



Las Descargues, 12 June 2009
Ourapteryx sambucaria Adult


© Robin Howard

Ourapteryx sambucaria (Linnaeus, 1758)

Swallow-tailed Moth
La Phalène du sureau

Wingspan: 48-65mm

A bivoltine species flying in June and July and again in September when it is an occasional visitor to light. Recorded from the Las Descargues traps and those situated in the broadleaved woodland of the ridge and gorge.

The larva feeds on various trees and shrubs before overwintering in the fully-fed state in bark crevices, pupation takes place in early spring on the foodplant.