Vampire moth turns up in Sweden

TT/Peter Vinthagen Simpson
TT/Peter Vinthagen Simpson - [email protected]
Vampire moth turns up in Sweden

Blood-sucking vampire moths (calyptra thalictri) native to Asia and southern Europe have been spotted in Sweden for the first time this summer.


The Scandinavian climate had been considered too cold and harsh for the Calpe vampire moth but regular sightings in Finland in recent years, and now in central Sweden, have indicated that the insect is making itself at home among the flora and fauna of northern European.

There have been regular reports this summer of the little blood-sucking moth near Skutskär north of Stockholm.

"There seems to be quite a large population. The area around the Dalälven is known for attracting these types of species," said insect researcher Jan-Olof Björklund to Sveriges Radio's nature program, Naturmorgon.

The Calpe or vampire moth looks like a withered leaf and has a long snout used for sucking blood.

Despite its liking for blood the moth is not thought to pose any danger.

According to experts in Finland, where the moth first appeared in 2000, it only rarely feasts on the blood of humans.


Join the conversation in our comments section below. Share your own views and experience and if you have a question or suggestion for our journalists then email us at [email protected].
Please keep comments civil, constructive and on topic – and make sure to read our terms of use before getting involved.

Please log in to leave a comment.

See Also