Small Yellow Underwing - Panemeria tenebrata
Wingspan 19-22 mm. It has a dark chestnut brown forewing dusted with grey and the typical yellow and dark banded hindwing
Frequents meadows, grassy downland and other open areas.
A day-flying species which prefers sunny weather. On the wing in May and June, it visits various flowers in grassy meadows.
The larvae feed on the flowers and seeds of Mouse-ear especially Common Mouse-ear.
It is widely distributed, though local, over much of mainland Britain as far as southern Scotland. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as local.
Fairly frequent in Leicestershire & Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant)
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