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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 17-21mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.

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 recorded190520051905
Year last recorded201120052011
Number of records97011942
Number of individuals190713816
Unique positions1601322
Unique locations1211244
Adult records80311608
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 1942 records from 244 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


2443 Plain Golden Y 05
© Julian Francis
2443 Plain Golden Y 04
© Julian Francis
2443 Plain Golden Y 03 f. percontationis
© Julian Francis
2443 Plain Golden Y 02
© Debra Saunders
2443 Plain Golden Y 01
© Mike Hetherington, 27 Jun 2012

Species Account

Similar species: 2442 Autographa pulchrina (Beautiful Golden Y).

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in England, Wales and southern Scotland, more local further north, the larva feeding on various herbaceous plants. In Dorset, the moth prefers open situations and is frequent in unimproved grassland on neutral or chalky soils; it is virtually absent from sandy soils, and at low density elsewhere including woodland.

This species is similar to Beautiful Golden Y2442. Diagnostics include: a reddish-brown ground colour, not violet-brown; square panel of gold contrasts markedly with surrounding paler ground colour.


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