Beautiful Golden Y - Autographa pulchrina

    Description

    Wingspan 35-40 mm. Similar to the plain Golden 'Y', but with richer maroon colouring in the wings.

    Similar Species

    Similar to the plain Golden 'Y', but with richer colouring in the wings and a more obvious kidney-spot - usually outlined.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    The species inhabits gardens, waste ground, and woodland areas.

    When to see it

    This species is on the wing in June and July, slightly earlier than its close relative, the Plain Golden Y.

    Life History

    The larvae, which feed on low plants, overwinter in this stage, and pupate in May or June.

    UK Status

    Fairly common and widespread over most 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
    73.016 BF2442

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map