Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Common Swift Moth
Korscheltellus lupulina (Linnaeus, 1758)

Family: Hepialidae
Identification: Antennae very short; body and wings of male yellowish-brown to orangish; wings elongate; forewing has row of whitish oblique spots arranged in shallow V or "dogleg" shape; hindwing with similar ground color but unmarked; female wing pattern similar to male but coloration more grayish, less orangish
Wing Span: 2.5-3.5 cm
Life History:
Flight: May and June
Caterpillar Hosts: Strawberry, lettuce, chicory, lucerne, potato, maize, tobacco, and several herbaceous ornamentals
Adult Food:
Habitat: Larvae live in soil around host plants in gardens and fields; adults are nocturnal and come to light
Range: Introduced to North America from Europe; apparently restricted to southern Ontario as of 2005
Management Needs:
Taxonomy Notes: None.