The Ghost Swift

This beautiful moth is extremely well named, on summer nights you might see the male dancing its ghostly dance across your garden. He is trying to attract a mate with his rapidly moving wing beats whilst hovering & darting just above the vegetation.

Ghost Swift

The scientific name for this moth is Hepialus humuli. The female is more yellowy than the male (who is in both of my pictures here).

Ghost Swift

I used off camera flash to help me with these shots, manual focusing in the near dark was the trickiest problem.

For a different view, why not take a look at the wildlife trust’s page.


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