Copper Underwing - Amphipyra pyramidea
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). The hindwing underside has a different pattern in the two species. Svensson's also has dark palps with pale tips, whereas the Copper Underwing's palps are pale throughout, but this character is variable and depends on wear.
Woodland, scrub, hedgerows, gardens and parks.
The adults fly from August to October and visit both sugar and light.
The larvae feed on a range of trees and shrubs, mainly Oak.
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.
Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)
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