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.

Identification difficulty

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)

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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Species profile

Common names
Copper Underwing, Copper Underwings
Species group:
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
01/01/1998 (Adrian Russell)
Last record:
17/08/2023 (Poole, Adam)

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