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.
Male Orange Swift above (female is larger and less brightly-coloured).
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.
Head on the Common Swift looks like a lion with its tawny mane.
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.
Another lion's mane. UK flight time Jun-Jul.