Ghost moth is a broad term which encompasses a number of sub-species. The males and females of this species are different in their colouration. Whilst both sexes have white wings, the females have a golden border around the wing.
Commonly found in grasses and woodlands around Britain.
Ghost moth larvae/caterpillars feed underground on plant matter such as roots and stems.
Predators & Threats
Predators primarily include bats, birds and other nocturnal insectivores.
- Adults of this species do not have functioning mouth parts.
- Females reproduce once a year, doing this they scatter their eggs over plants as they fly over them.
|Common Name(s)||Scientific Name|
|Ghost Moth, Ghost Swift Moth||Hepialus humuli|
|4 -8 cm in length|
|4 – 5 weeks|
Best Time to Look
Adults can be found between June and July.