Copper Underwing - Amphipyra pyramidea

    Description

    Wingspan 40-52 mm. There are a number of subtle ways to help distinguish this species from the similar Svensson's Copper Underwing (A. berbera svenssoni), but one recently quoted feature is the detail of the labial palps when viewed head-on. Svensson's has dark palps with pale tips, whereas Copper Underwing's palps are pale throughout.

    Habitat

    Woodland, scrub, hedgerows, gardens and parks.

    When to see it

    The adults fly from August to October and visit both sugar and light.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on a range of trees and shrubs, mainly Oak.

    UK Status

    Distributed fairly commonly over the southern half of Britain. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

    Reference
    73.062 BF2297

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map