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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jul.

Forewing: 17-20mm.

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 recorded195519851955
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records493101006
Number of individuals1128132282
Unique positions1833372
Unique locations1433292
Adult records43910898
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 1006 records from 292 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1955.


2442 Beautiful Golden Y 03
© Paul Harris
2442 Beautiful Golden Y 02
© Les Hill
2442 Beautiful Golden Y 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

Similar species: 2443 Autographa jota (Plain Golden Y).

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species, and common in montane regions in northern Britain, the larva feeding on various herbaceous plants including nettle (Urtica dioica), dead-nettle (Lamium spp.), hedge woundwort (Stachys sylvatica) and wood-avens (Geum urbanum). In Dorset, the moth is widespread but at low density, being most frequent in open deciduous woodland. The national norm is for a single brood in June and July, however, in warm summers, there is a partial second brood from mid-August to mid-September.

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