Background

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.

Habitat

Commonly found in grasses and woodlands around Britain.

Diet

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.

Facts

  • 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 MothHepialus humuli
Size
 4 -8 cm in length
Lifespan
 4 – 5 weeks

Best Time to Look

Adults can be found between June and July.

Where to find Ghost Moth