With a wingspan 40 to 50 mm, the Swallow-tailed Moth (Ourapteryx sambucaria) is spectacular species and one of our largest Geometrids. The wings are pale yellow marked with darker lines. It can be found in woodland, scrub, hedgerows, parks and gardens. Being strictly nocturnal and having quite a short emergence period throughout July, it is not often encountered by the non-enthusiast. The larvae feed on a number of trees and shrubs, but prefer ivy. It is reasonably common in Britain, except for northern Scotland where it is local or absent.
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