Orange Swift Moth Triodia sylvina (formerly Hepialus sylvina)

Other moths of the Swift family are shown further down the page
Orange Swift Moth
Orange Swift moth above, wingspan 32-48mm; UK flight time Jun-Sep. Moths of the Swift family are primitive and have no mouthparts so don't eat as adults; they survive on the fat stored as a caterpillar.
Orange Swift Moth head
Orange Swift Moth
Male Orange Swift above (female is larger and less brightly-coloured).

Common Swift Moth formerly: Hepialus lupulinus; revised: Korscheltellus lupulina

Common Swift Moth male
Common Swift Moth
Not as brightly-marked as its Orange cousin, the male Common Swift, above left, has more-defined marking, in brown and white, than the softer olive-khaki female, right.
Wingspan 25-40mm, female larger than male. UK flight time May-Jun.
Common Swift Moth female
Common Swift Moth female
Head on the Common Swift looks like a lion with its tawny mane.

Ghost Moth/ Ghost Swift Hepialus humuli

Ghost Swift Moth female
Ghost Moth female
A member of the Swift family, the male GHOST MOTH (also Ghost Swift) has snowy (ghostly) white wings and a "ghostly" habit of an undulating up and down flight when displaying to attract a female (hence the name). The female looks very different. She is much larger and has orange patterns on yellow. Wingspan: male 42-46mm; female 46-50mm.
Unusually for moths, it is the female ghost moth that is more attracted to light than the male (usually the reverse).
Many thanks to Terry Hobbs for permission to display his photos of the female ghost moth shown here.
Ghost Moth female
Ghost Moth
Another lion's mane. UK flight time Jun-Jul.