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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common and widespread

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation Jun-Jul, (partial Aug-Oct).

Forewing: 16-19mm.

Foodplant: Common Nettle other 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 recorded195519831955
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records28172026038
Number of individuals546827411484
Unique positions27115572
Unique locations22014468
Adult records24011995200
Immature records102

For the region, we have a total of 6038 records from 468 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1955.


2434 Burnished Brass 06
© Julian Francis
2434 Burnished Brass 05
© Julian Francis
2434 Burnished Brass 04
© Les Hill
2434 Burnished Brass 03
© Tom Morris
2434 Burnished Brass 02
© Terry Box, 19 Jun 2004
2434 Burnished Brass 01 f. aurea
© Terry Box

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva feeding on nettle (Urtica dioica) and dead-nettle (Lamium spp.), and occasionally on various other herbaceous plants. In Dorset, the moth is widespread and frequent, but at low density in open, unimproved grassland on all soil types, but rises to common in areas where improved farmland provides nitrogen-rich soils where nettle plants flourish. This is therefore one of the very few moth species to benefit from changes in agricultural practices in recent years. The moth is bivoltine and the peak of the first brood is on average, twice as large as the peak of the second.

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