Swallow-tailed Moth

Ourapteryx sambucaria


Wingspan 50 - 62mm. A large moth with 'tails' on the hind-wings. It is a pale lemon-yellow with two brown bars on the fore-wings and one brown bar on the hind-wings.


Woodland, scrub and hedgerows. The caterpillars feed on the leaves of a wide range of woody plants, including blackthorn, hawthorn, goat willow and sometimes elder and ivy.

Status and distribution

Common and widespread throughout England, Wales and lowland Scotland. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

June to August.