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

    Identification difficulty

    Frequents meadows, grassy downland and other open areas.

    When to see it

    A day-flying species which prefers sunny weather. On the wing in May and June, it visits various flowers in grassy meadows.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on the flowers and seeds of Mouse-ear especially Common Mouse-ear.

    UK Status

    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.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire & Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant)

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