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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Abundant and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jul-Sep.

Forewing: 16-20mm.

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 recorded1905200719701905
Year last recorded2011200720112011
Number of records415811788674
Number of individuals242443167851850
Unique positions306128670
Unique locations232125516
Adult records371311787784
Immature records0000

For the region, we have a total of 8674 records from 516 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


2111 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 03
© Martin Wood
2111 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 02
© Dave Foot
2111 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

Similar species: 2110a Noctua janthina (Langmaid's Yellow Underwing).

For further information refer UK Moths.

> Davey, P., 2009: A species with a wide distribution in Britain, the larva feeding on various herbaceous plants and shrubs. In Dorset, the moth is common rising to abundant in deciduous woodland. Unusually high numbers of adults were trapped between 30 July and 10 August 1994, as shown in the first graphic of numbers trapped across the county during the summer of that year. These peaks contrast markedly with the numbers for an average year, 1998, shown in the second graphic. The simultaneous immigration of Flame2098 and Flame Shoulder2102 moths has been discussed in each of their accounts. A more recent immigration event involving this species, was noted on the coast: Durlston, 270 on 5 August and 350 on 7 August 2003 (J McGill).

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