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Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed resident.

Local Record: Grade 3 adult; 2 larval   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jul-mid Oct.

Forewing: 21-25mm.

Foodplant: Hawthorns, Blackthorn, Crab Apple, Hazel, Honeysuckle.

IMPORTANT - Please note that the maps and accounts are provisional, subject to change and further update.  The whole dataset still needs to go through the final verification process and it is likely that a very small number of records will not satisfy the present requirements and there are other records that have not been formally submitted.  The information is for guidance only.

Record breakdown:

Year first recorded1905200719821905
Year last recorded2011200720112011
Number of records9821872140
Number of individuals146711383212
Unique positions157113342
Unique locations131112288
Adult records9191852010
Immature records1002

For the region, we have a total of 2140 records from 288 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


2297 Copper Underwing 02 hindwing diagnostic
© Les Hill
2297 Copper Underwing 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

Similar species: 2298 Amphipyra berbera (Svensson's Copper Underwing).

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species found widely across southern Britain but largely absent further north, the larva feeding on various deciduous shrub and tree species. In Dorset, the moth is at low density, rising to frequent locally in deciduous woods. There are very few records from open grassland habitat either inland or on the coast.

Hill, L., 2013: Please see discussion under Svensson's Copper Underwing2298.

Recorders are requested to state in their records if the underside hindwing shading was checked for verification. If not, please aggregate.

Last updated: 22 August 2013


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