Svensson's Copper Underwing - Amphipyra berbera

    Description

    Wingspan 47-56 mm. Only separated as a species from Copper Underwing (A. pyramidea) in the late 1960's, there are a number of subtle characters which can contribute to the identification, but often reference to the genitalia is needed to be sure. The hindwing underside has a different pattern in the two species. Svensson's also has dark palps with pale tips, whereas Copper Underwing's palps are pale throughout, but this character is variable and depends on wear.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Woodland, scrub, hedgerows, gardens and parks.

    When to see it

    It flies from July to September.

    Life History

    The larval foodplants are a range of deciduous trees including Oak.

    UK Status

    Widespread throughout much of England, Wales and southern Scotland, It is emerging that in the northern parts of their range, this species is the most frequent of the two forms of Copper Underwing. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland but lack of records may, in part, be due to misidentification. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant)

    Reference
    73.063 BF2298

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map