Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 3 adult; 2 larval See here for explanation
Flight time: Jul-Sep.
Foodplant: Pedunculate Oak.
|Year first recorded||1976||1987||1976|
|Year last recorded||2011||2010||2011|
|Number of records||474||53||1054|
|Number of individuals||638||58||1392|
For the region, we have a total of 1054 records from 182 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1976.
Similar species: 2297 Amphipyra pyramidea (Copper Underwing).
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A species restricted to southern England and south Wales, local elsewhere, the larva feeding on various deciduous shrub and tree species. In Dorset, the moth is at low density, rising to frequent locally in deciduous woodland. Of more than two hundred ‘Copper Underwings’ trapped at Puddletown between 1999 and 2002, sixty per cent referred to the Copper Underwing2297 and forty per cent were of this moth. Both species are readily attracted to sugar bait. This species is very similar to the Copper Underwing.
Hill, L., 2013: Discussions with County Moth Recorders suggest the external characteristics are subjective and unreliable. The underside hindwing shading was amongst features published which added A. berbera svenssoni to the British fauna (Fletcher, 1968) and is considered the most reliable feature and should always be referred to; however, it is evident that interpretation of this and other external characteristics causes confusion amongst the less experienced and experts alike. Even the underside of the hindwing is not totally reliable (Townsend et al, 2010).
The easiest and most satisfactory way to record and confirm Copper Underwing and Svensson's Copper Underwing beyond doubt is to beat for late instar larvae during May. Recorded on various trees and shrubs, both feed on oak (Quercus spp., honeysuckle Lonicera spp., sallow Salix spp. and lime Tilia spp. Copper Underwing may also be beaten from ash Fraxinus excelcior and wild and garden privet Ligustrum vulgare and L. ovalifolium, with Svensson's Copper Underwing also beaten from birch Betula spp., lilac Syringa vulgaris, rhododendron Rhododendron ponticum and hornbeam Carpinus betulus.
The larva of Copper Underwing has a prominent yellowish-tipped hump dorsally on the eleventh segment and the spiracular line is whitish, finely-edged with green above and being mostly absent on the third and forth rings; thoracic legs mostly green. Svensson's Copper Underwing has a reddish-tipped hump dorsally on the eleventh segment. The spiracular line is also whitish but boldly edged above with dark green and present on all segments; thoracic legs mostly black. Both are very easy to rear in captivity.
Fletcher, D.S. 1968. Amphipyra pyramidea (Linnaeus) and A. berbera Rungs (Lep. Noctuidae), two
species confused. Entomologist's Gazette 19:91-106.
Townsend, M.C., Clifton, J. & Goodey, B. 2010. British and Irish moths: an illustrated guide to selected
difficult species. Butterfly Conservation, Wareham, Dorset.