Silver Y - Autographa gamma


Wingspan 35-40 mm. It has a distinctive unbroken metallic silver 'Y' mark on the brown and grey marbled forewing, which sometimes has a purple tinge.

Identification difficulty

Found in various habitats.

When to see it

The adults can be found from spring through till late autumn, and can be seen by day as well as at night, when they regularly visit light.

Life History

The larvae feed on a wide range of low plants such as Nettles.

UK Status

A well-known immigrant species, this moth can turn up in thousands under the right conditions, especially at coastal migration watch-points. It can occur anywhere in Britain, and in autumn, the breeding population from spring migrants is swelled by further migration. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as a migrant.

VC55 Status

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

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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